Today in God’s Word
2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25; Psalm 73
Today Asaph presents a beautiful song on Psalm 73 where he describes his personal wrestling with envy. He reflects upon his heart and recounts how he went to God with his heaviness and realized his sin and error in the counsel of God. Contrite and pained over his sin, he confesses and by the work of God he returns to a sincere and pure devotion to God (cf. 2 Cor 11:3).
“16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.” (Psalm 73:16–17, ESV)
I see the correlation today being our awakening from a stupor of watching the American Dream all around us. We see Godless people around us enjoying their life that is devoted to acquiring things and to accomplishing things and to indulging in whatever brings them personal pleasure, without regard for the destitute or hungry or hurting in the world. Asaph wakes up here under the counsel of God (in his sanctuary) and realizes that God is his all and that there is nothing this life can give him or that death can take from him that can compete with what he has in The LORD (cf. Phil 1:21).
“23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:23–26, ESV)
May we also draw near to God and seek his counsel that the spell of the world’s values would be broken in our minds and that we would indeed have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ and that we would know for what we are living and that we would find our satisfaction not in things or accomplishments but in Christ Jesus, who loves us and laid down his life for us (cf. Gal 2:20).
Soli Deo Gloria!