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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 14 | Near or Far (Psalm 73:15~28)         Speakers Daniel Park

15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20 As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

 

 

Reflection

Far from God (7:15–22)

Asaph began this psalm feeling troubled because the wicked seemed to be prospering with evil deeds and the innocent experienced great affliction while remaining faithful to God. Asaph confesses that this led to bitterness and grief, and he thinks that his faithful living is in vain. When he enters the sancutuary of God, however, he begins to see the world from God's perspective. He realizes that the prosperity of the wicked is temporary and that their end is destruction. The days of these evildoers are numbered, and God will soon arise  and punish them. Those who are far from God eventually face the destruction of their ways, but the hearts of those who are near God are secure.

 

- When have you felt envious of the wicked? When you see the wicked prospering, where do you find hope?

 

Near to God (7:23–28)

In these verses, Asaph expresses his gratitudefor who has rescued his soul. He is moved by the nearness and faithfulness of God, who holds  onto His children and draws them into His protective presence. Asaph finds contentment in knowing that he has a personal relationship with the Lord, who is always with him, providing refuge, strength, and satisfaction that is unlike anything this world has to offer. God offers guidance  and counsel, and He is leading Asaph into eternal glory. Knowing that the richest reward is not prosperity in this life but eternity with the King, Asaph is compelled to praise God who will be with him forever. Like Asaph, our response to God's eternal love should be a response of worship and praise.

 

- How often do you praise God for His faithfulness? Take some time to thank and praise Him for the gift of eternal life today. 

 

A letter to God 

Dear God, though it may seem like the wicked are more successful, help me to trust in Your faithfulness. Teach me to set my eyes not on what is temporary but what is eternal. In Jesus' name. Amen

 

* All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.