In Psalm 73, David begins to wonder why the wicked tend to prosper in life while he is being afflicted. He has a question that I tend to wonder at times. David first admits that he almost slipped and went astray like the wicked. He says things like "they have an easy time until they die..." It doesn't seem fair to David. But until David enters God's sanctuary, he does not understand why life can be so tough even though he is being obedient to the Lord. He then realizes that God puts people in situations that bring them to desolation (vs. 18-19). There, they have to realize that the Lord is everything. There is so much grace in God allowing us to fall. When we fall, we learn that God is the only thing that truly satisfies us. David discovers that he has everything because he has God. Everything on earth will fade, rot, or die. There is no way to have satisfaction in something of this dying world. Material things, money, and even good relationships will come to an end. In verses 23-28 David states:
"Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory. Who do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do."
We see this picture of complete surrender to the Lord. David understands that the Lord is forever and that the Lord's presence is our good. May it be our prayer and desire to only put our satisfaction in the Lord, for He will never fade.
This week's set list:
Grace Alone by Dustin Kensrue
Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddlee
In Christ Alonne (Hymn)
Oceans by Hillsong United
Nothing But the Blood (Hymn)
See you Sunday!