We’ve all been there.
We’ve all asked the Lord, “Why are the people who don’t even love you prospering and I’m breaking my back worrying about holiness? Can I get an amen somebody?”
Crickets in the heavenly courts.
Cue my brother Asaph. Asaph was a priest in the temple of the Lord, and was frustrated in a low moment of weariness and spiritual fatigue. He penned the seventy third psalm, dripping with displeasure, stating
“All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence” (verse 13).
Translation: “I’ve been pure for NO REASON, GOD!”
He had convinced himself that all his hard work for the kingdom of God was for nothing, since OBVIOUSLY blessings were flying out of the throne room and missing him. WRONG. By the grace of God he saw his error in verse sixteen, saying “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, UNTIL I went into the sanctuary of God.”
Saints, we need not ever get to that place where we need an “until” moment. The Lord is the “strength of [our] heart and [our] portion forever” (verse 26). Rest in Him! It is possible to LIVE in His consistent refreshing. Yet Asaph stated early on that “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 he started the Psalm saying “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart“. Asaph had a moment of confusion. Why be envious of anyone when God is good to you?
Who’s report do you believe? Do you really believe that the Lord is good to his pure ones? Do you take your eyes off of the goodness of the Lord, an intangible wealth, and become bewitched by fool’s gold?
If you have, it’s okay. Dust yourself off, ask the Lord for forgiveness, and turn your attention back to the Lord. Be intentional about getting back into His presence where your spiritual eyesight can be restored to see the truth of the matter; the wicked do have their end, and the Lord exacts justice as He sees fit.
And guess what? Psalm 145 verse 9 says “The Lord is good to all”. Don’t worry about who’s getting blessed when, where, and how. Look for YOUR blessings. Though He is good to all, He doesn’t have a relationship with all. Your wealth, Saints, is incomparable.
The psalmist’s eyes and understanding was opened in the Lord’s presence to realize that
“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory…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” (verse 24, verse 28)
Enter in, and be refreshed. Be rejuvenated. Be restored in the Lord’s presence.
To better promises,