Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who care unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Godly, intentional living didn’t always come easily for Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73. As we saw yesterday, he envied the prosperity and ease the wicked seemed to enjoy (vv. 3-4). His own struggles felt like a troubling contrast to their seemingly trouble-free lives (vv. 12-14). He almost lost faith in God and stopped pursuing the path of righteousness (v. 2), until he was confronted with God’s perspective and truth (vv. 17-20).
When envy bubbles up, what we really need is a shift in perspective. No matter what we go through in this life, good or bad, God is with us. He guides us through life, and then takes us to heaven to live with Him forever. This eternal perspective is foundational if we are going to live intentionally for God and His glory. There is nothing on earth that compares to living in His presence, now and forever. God leads us through the valleys and guides us out of struggles so that we can be a guide to others. When He is our refuge, we can’t help but tell others about Him. Asaph wrote about his experience, and now it is a guide for us, preserved in God’s eternal and enduring Word.
- What questions, hangups, or circumstances have served as obstacles between you and godly, intentional living?
- What would it look like for you to “enter the sanctuary of God” to find out the truth about those questions, hangups, and circumstances?
- Praise God for His grace, and ask who you can help in their struggles.