Hobart Herd Devotional – Psalms 73closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'

   This is the start of the 3rd Book of Psalms (73-89) with 11 of these Psalms written by Asaph.  Asaph became the Levite song and worship leader when the Ark was brought into Jerusalem to stay.  He was chosen from among the Levite families for his skill and appointed by King David.  Asaph’s family continued to lead the nation until their return from captivity and the start of worship under Ezra and Nehemiah.  He was known not only for his musical ability, but also for the wisdom and inspiration of the songs that he wrote.  He and his family were the Pastors of Worship Ministry for the Israelites for generations. 

   In this Psalm He reveals the struggle of true worshippers of God when they remain faithful to God and see the others who revel in their own pride having a fun time.  In verse 1, he states the truth of God’s goodness to the Israelites who were “pure in heart” before God.  Even though he knew the goodness of God, he admitted his weakness and feelings about the rebellious people.  Psalms 73:2-3, 2closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'   But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  3   For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.(NIV)  I have to admit that there are times in my life when even though I know that God is Good all the time, I envy the arrogant and rich as they live their lives for their own selfish goals and seem to get away with it.  There have been times when my feet have slipped and my heart becomes frustrated and whiny. 

   In verses 4-12 we find that outline of all the acts of selfishness, violence, and boasting of those who basically thumb their noses at God at live for the pleasures they find in life regardless of who they hurt in the process.  They think that they can live this way and God will never know.(vs.11)  Psalms 73:16-17, 16closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'   When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me 17   till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.(NIV)  It isn’t until I am in the presence of the Lord in worship and communion that I understand that everything isn’t as it seems and their end and final destiny is something to avoid at all costs.  The momentary pleasure of living the ways of this world are not worth the long term costs. 

   As Asaph ponders the joys of God’s presence in His life, he gives us these timeless words of truth.  Psalms 73:23-26, 23closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'      Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  24  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25     Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26       My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.(KJV)  As God holds my hand and guides me in understanding His truth and ways, I recognize that He is my portion, strength, and refuge forever.  “Nothing compares to the promise I have in You!”(words from the worship chorus, Shout to the Lord)  My final answer to this dilemma is: Psalms 73:28closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.(NIV)

   Father, many times my heart has almost slipped away from my hope and promise in You.  Thank You for holding my hand as I bask in the joy of Your presence and restoring my hope and my heart in Your strength and promise.   Forgive me for the envy and jealousy I have for those who seem to get away with living in selfish arrogant prosperity while I struggle.  May my heart and life continue to tell of Your goodness and greatness.  In Jesus Name, Amen!  Pastor Rob

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