Reading Psalm 73 this morning, I realize how much God has been teaching me the things it speaks of and how much I relate to the Psalmist’s words. This is a Psalm written by Asaph, one of David’s worship leaders (1 Chr. 16:4, 25:1-2, 2 Chr. 29:30).
I’m going to highlight just some of verses and what I have learned from the Lord relating to them. Don’t you love when God is teaching you and you later discover it in the Word; even though you’d seen it plenty of times, it plunges deeper into you as He walks you through the experiential learning of it versus just merely reading it.
Behold, these are the ungodly,
who always prosper and are at ease in the world…
all the day long have I been smitten and plagued…
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I understood [for I considered] their end [the wicked’s]…
(excerpts from verse 12-17 AMP)
When I enter Your presence, all things come into their right perspective in my mind, they make sense in the light of You and Your truth (a great prayer to pray: Eph. 1:17-21). I am no longer grieved at what seems to be the prosperity of the wicked while often days can be a struggle for those seeking after Your heart. Yet I see the truth of the wicked’s end, and I see Your love for me in that my end is with You just as You are always with me.
Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand.
(verse 23 AMP)
In all things and through everything, You are always with me. Even when I am hurt or betrayed, angry or afraid. Even at my seemingly worst moments, You are with me. Especially compared with all temporary and earthly things, You never leave nor forsake me (Heb. 13:5-6 – very good in AMP), even when I miss the mark in sin and You discipline me–Your love does not change toward me (Heb. 12:5-7, Rom. 8:28-29). After all, You love even the unbeliever and the rebellious (gasp! YES, You do–for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son—Jn. 3:16-17), and that love is for the world, which includes those who don’t even go after You one iota, and so also includes me who does aim to seek after You.
You will guide me with Your counsel…
(verse 24 AMP)
Always You, my Shepherd, are leading me in love (Song 2:4, Ps. 23). My perfect Leader, after what is best for me. You direct my steps and guide my life as I acknowledge and worship You above all even when I cannot see where You are leading me at certain moments (Pr. 3:5-6). You speak to me and I hear Your voice, yes, I hear it clearly! (DECLARE THIS! — Jn. 10:27). You are faithful to complete the work You started (Phil. 1:6) and to perfect all that concerns me (Ps. 138:7-8). You are my all, my everything. You are the Rock upon which I stand, upon which You set my feet (Ps. 40:1-4), You are my firm Strength, my Everything and all I truly ever have need of – the only One who truly satisfies:
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart
and my Portion forever.
For behold, those who are far from You shall perish…
But it is good for me o draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge,
that I may tell of all Your works.