Posted by: glorifyhim1 | March 22, 2018

The God Who Is….

The God Who Is….

 

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

My flesh and my heart fail;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

(Psalm 73:25-26)

 

Life can be hard sometimes. We experience problems and difficulties – oftentimes through no fault of our own. We endure suffering and sorrow. Things may not work out the way we hoped or planned. Then there are those especially hard times when we know we’ve sinned and failed. It is hard to even approach God because we feel so ashamed and undeserving of His mercy and grace.

 

What do we do when life is hard? What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

 

The psalmist Asaph shared his struggle in Psalm 73. Asaph was envious of the wicked who seemed to continually prosper and have no trouble. They were proud, boastful, and even scoffed at the mention of God. Asaph cried out: “Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; they increase in riches. Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning” (Psalm 73:12-14). Asaph could not understand how the wicked could live lives of ease while his efforts to live righteously seemed to go unnoticed and with no reward.

 

Asaph continued: “When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me – until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end” (Psalm 73:16-17). When Asaph went to the sanctuary, He remembered something he had probably allowed himself to forget as he focused on the lives of the wicked. Asaph had something that could never be taken away from Him. Unlike the wicked who could be “brought to desolation, as in a moment” (verse 19a), the Lord was continually with Asaph. “Nevertheless I am continually with you; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (vs. 23-24).

 

Asaph’s hope was in the God who was always with him, who held him by his hand, who guided him and gave him counsel, and who would one day welcome Asaph to live with Him forever. Asaph took his eyes off the wicked and turned them to His God – and he received understanding.

 

I think God wants me to do the same thing. When I truly place my trust in Him, I recognize that even when I do not understand, God is in control. He will lead me and guide me as I look to Him. The writer of Hebrews expressed it well: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Sometimes we see the way God rewards and comes through for us. At other times, we cling to Him, knowing He is our reward and that He will lead us through, hold us up, and take us home to live with Him forever.

 

Like Asaph, however, we can become so consumed with our personal struggles, what is going on around us, and our own lack of understanding that we focus on those things rather than the God who is always with us. In Psalm 145, David praises this God who is good to all, who upholds those who fall and who raises up those who are bowed down and broken. He remembers the God who opens His hand and satisfies us, who hears our cries, and who saves us.

 

When life gets hard, my friend, may we like Asaph, turn and look to God and remember the God who Is! Like David, may we exult in all He is to us and praise this God who is…..

Great

Mighty

Gracious

Full of compassion

Great in mercy

Slow to anger

All-powerful

Filled with majesty

Glorious

Kind

Righteous

Near to all who call upon Him

Everlasting – His kingdom endures forever

And like Asaph, may we, too, discover that it is good to draw near to God and put our trust in Him, for even when “my flesh and my heart fail; God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).

 

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