“But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped…. Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.…. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.” (Psalm 73:2, 17, 28)
Asaph, the writer of the 73rd Psalm, leads us on his journey of emotions as he ponders on the sight of the wicked all around him. He begins by acknowledging the goodness of the Lord to those who have a pure heart; but then he swiftly transitions into a period of confession—acknowledging how he almost lost his balance and slipped into sin because of the injustices of the wicked he constantly saw as he strived to live a life of holiness.
Overwhelmed by the arrogant pride, extravagant spending, the cruel dominance, and never-ending prosperity of the wicked—the Psalmist poured out his heart in confession and complaint before his sovereign savior. He indeed had a spiritual battle going on within himself—he was green with envy and jealousy!
But, in the midst of all his complaining, pouting and self-pity—he found his way into the house of the Lord! It was there—in the house of prayer and in the presence of the Lord that he was given divine revelation of his own sinful nature, the tragedy of the wicked, and the blessedness of trusting in God. It was while he worshiped that his complaints turned into prayers–leaving him with a testimony of God’s goodness, love, protection and provision! “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.” (Psalm 73:28)
MORAL TO THE STORY: If you expect to be able to defeat the enemy—from without and within—then stop looking “out” at others and start looking “up” to God. Prayer is NOT just a way for us to get things “from” God, but Prayer is a way for us to get “to” God. Stop COMPLAINING and start PRAYING!
Think About It: Does what you know about God’s character and His Word cause you to TRUST HIM even during times of uncertainty and adversity in your life? Have you developed a consistent daily quiet time to be with the Lord—with Him alone? Are you enjoying Jesus yet?