Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You've taken my hand

This Psalm was written by Asaph.  Asaph's job was to prophesy in David's court to the lute and harp.  This is another new favorite Psalm for me.  Beautiful.

Psalms 73

1 No doubt about it! God is good
good to good people, good to the good-hearted.
2 But I nearly missed it,
missed seeing his goodness.
3 I was looking the other way,
looking up to the people
4 At the top,
envying the wicked who have it made,
5 Who have nothing to worry about,
not a care in the whole wide world.

It is easy to look at other people and feel jealous.  Some seem like they've got it made.  The perfect family, wealth, nice cars.  But there's always something to worry about.  There's health, we all have to take care of our health and sometimes that's not enough.  With wealth comes the fear of losing it.  The stock market crash a few years ago was very humbling for some people.  It would be hard to find good friends who are honest, sincerely caring, and trustworthy.  I don't think anyone can say they don't have any worries in real life.  Even though it may appear so on the outside.  Even idolizing other Christians, thinking they're so perfect can be unfair to them.  We all mess up.  The best thing for all of us to do, is focus on God.  Everything else will let us down somehow.  God has a way of showing me what to be, so I can sincerely love others.  Here's what Asaph realized:

21 When I was beleaguered and bitter,
totally consumed by envy,
22 I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox
in your very presence.
23 I'm still in your presence,
but you've taken my hand.
24 You wisely and tenderly lead me,
and then you bless me.

25 You're all I want in heaven!
You're all I want on earth!
26 When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
27 Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they'll never be heard from again.
28 But I'm in the very presence of God
oh, how refreshing it is!
I've made Lord God my home.
God, I'm telling the world what you do!


  1. On a snowy, icy, freezing day in north Texas, greetings!

    I always remind myself that if I traded places with someone who seems to have it all, I couldn't just trade for the one or two things that are most apparent. No, I would have to also take their personality, their warts and their unknown problems.

    You know what? I wouldn't trade everything with someone else for ANYTHING! Great post from the good book. Blessings.

  2. Well said! Thanks Clint- I have to agree we all have our problems for sure!

  3. You know, I think it's interesting that Christians probably struggle with jealousy the most? We, who have everything in Christ. Thanks for the reminder.

    P.S. You've been tagged on my blog - but honestly I don't know that you want to post it on here - it's kinda silly. But maybe some of my readers will come check you out hopefully.

    Have a blessed day!

  4. Thanks Sheila that's very nice of you!

  5. Hi, I'm just visiting for the first time, I love your idea to blog about your daily Bible reading, I'm on my own journey in search of God's purpose for my life as my kids are older and I have some time. I think I will follow along for a bit :)

  6. Hi Deborah- I just noticed your comment today! Glad to have you with us. :)