Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
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.
Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
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.
For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
The time between Easter and Pentecost was a season of waiting for Jesus’ disciples. But ever since the days of Genesis, life for the people of God has been a season of waiting for justice to be done on earth as it is in heaven. And just like Asaph, the author of Psalm 73, we also wrestle with injustice and can learn much from his experience and godly insight.
Asaph had relentlessly tried to keep himself pure and accountable in the sight of God. His heart was clean, and his hands were washed in innocence, having been chastened for his sin and guilt. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Asaph was broken, contrite, and humble before God.
But now Asaph was in a crisis of faith, doubting the benefits of his own godly living as he witnessed the prosperity of the wicked. Such injustice was too painful for him to understand. But his perspective suddenly changed when he entered the sanctuary of God. It was there that Asaph discovered the difference between earthly prosperity and eternal destiny. His human reasoning was covered by a divine revelation. His mental and emotional anguish were replaced by a trust in God who became his portion and strength. He experienced God holding him by his right hand in the midst of his confusion, pain, grief, vexation, and human foolishness.
In the sanctuary, Asaph’s feet were steadied from stumbling and slipping.
In the sanctuary, Asaph’s failing heart and flesh were revived and refocused with a fresh godly perspective. In the sanctuary, Asaph learned that God is good to those who draw near to Him and are pure in heart.
In the sanctuary, Asaph’s focus shifted from grieving over ungodly behavior to affirming God’s inevitable punishment of the wicked.
In the sanctuary, Asaph was no longer envious of the wicked but was compelled to declare God’s wondrous works.
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