I love the 73rd Psalm—its truth rings in my ears! The Psalmist, Asaph, begins by questioning God. The wicked are in power, living in wealth and ease, while those who obey God’s Word are plagued and oppressed. He questions where God is, and cries out,
13 “All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. Psalm 73:13-14
He is frustrated and confused because, from all he can see around him, God just isn’t being fair! My mind travels back to all the times in my life when I have questioned God’s will, when I just couldn’t understand what He was doing, and wondered if He were being unkind. But the turn comes in verse 17, when Asaph says,
17 “…until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.”
It was in the house of God, surrounded by the people of God, and confronted by the Word of God, that Asaph’s eyes were opened. He begins to see life from an eternal perspective. He no longer views the wicked as prosperous and successful. Rather, he says,
18 “Truly You set them in slippery places; You make them fall to ruin.”
There are times that we forget to view all of life through the eyes of eternity. Sometimes, in our saddest moments we are tempted to cry out as Asaph did, “Is it all in vain?!” Because of these moments I am so grateful that God, in His wisdom, commands us to gather together.
When we come together in God’s house, and sit under the teaching of God’s Word, we are often blessed to have the grace of God open our eyes. We see His goodness. We remember His power. We are held by His steadfast love. We then realize that all the “little stories” of our lives are part of a much bigger story—HIS story, written before the dawn of time. It is then that we can say as Asaph,
22 “I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward You...
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Thank God today for His sovereign rule over all our lives, and for His grace, that opens our eyes to see it!