Saturday, January 18
Today's reading: Psalm 73:1-28
If you asked me to describe Psalm 73 in a word or two, what comes to my mind is "grounding" because of how candid Asaph is as he writes about his very human thoughts and emotions. Right from the start, I'm drawn in because Asaph describes a familiar scenario.
We've all been there from time to time. We look around and people are doing wrong things, yet they're prospering financially and socially. As a result, sometimes our minds begin to question our right choices for living—UNTIL we give some intentional thought to the situation and draw on what we know is true from God's Word. When we do this, we're shifting our thinking from short-term, earthly matters to a long-term, eternal, and proper perspective. That's what we see with Asaph in verses 16-17 when he writes, "But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end." And only a few verses later, we see that change of perspective after Asaph has had some refocusing time with God.
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (vs. 25-26).
How did Asaph's candid words impact you today? What helps you stay focused on God and His truth in a world that isn't always fair and doesn't always live by God's standards? Tami
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