Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Guided by God

 18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
 19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
 20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
 21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
 22So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
 23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
 24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 

Guided by God
Psalm 73 is one of several Psalms written by Asaph, the chief musician during the time of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam, who was guided by God all of the days of his life. Knowing that helps us to understand the great burden Asaph felt in seeing the wicked prosper while the Godly were persecuted. After the golden days of King David and Solomon, Asaph saw the tide turn as Solomon turned away from the Lord, and the country then split into two kingdoms, neither of which remained faithful to God. In spite of this, Asaph, himself, loved and served God faithfully all of the days of his life.

Being grieved by the changes in his land, Asaph took comfort in knowing that God saw everything and would not be mocked. Though the wicked prospered, yet he now understood their end. Indeed, the time would come when they would be brought into desolation and would be utterly consumed with terrors. For those who despise the Lord will come to a time when He will despise them.

As he contemplated all of these things, Asaph was grieved in his heart over his own foolishness. For though he was persecuted in his later years, he was in a much better place than that of his persecutors. Even in the most difficult of times, God was continually with him, holding him by his right hand, and guiding him with His counsel. Though life was filled with terror, the day would come when God would receive him into glory.

The beauty of contemplating these things comes when we realize the truth that this same Asaph has now been with the Lord for over 2000 years! Our years here on this earth are but a vapor, especially in light of the eternity we will spend with the Lord.

Let us pray that, like Asaph, we will be guided by God and that we will faithfully serve Him all of the days of our lives. When we become burdened by the difficulties of this life, may we stop and ponder our amazing God who never leaves or forsakes us. 

What a heritage has been left to us by Asaph. As we continue to read the psalms he wrote, may we be reminded that even in the worst of times, God preserves a remnant of those who remain faithful to Him. May we be part of that remnant all of the days of our lives.

Go, then, and be guided by God!

God Bless You,

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