Day 138

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Psalm 73-74 (NIV)

Lynn Andersen, M25 Coordinator, MOPS, Welcoming Ministries

Do you ever look around at others and think, “How do they do it?” They have beautiful homes, nice cars, clothes and big kid toys! Nothing seems to affect some people–no tragedy or pain and suffering. Life is just so easy for some folks. But is it really?

In Psalm 73, verse 1, the psalmist first reminds us that God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. Then in verse 2 he feels like he had almost forgotten that truth because he started looking around himself and saw how the wicked prospered.
I can’t imagine how people who don’t have a relationship with the living God survive tragedy or pain and suffering. They may look tough, act tough and speak tough, and they may even put down others to elevate themselves, but in the end what do they have? I like how the psalmist comes back around in verse 16, “When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”

Surely if God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes. 3:11b), somewhere deep inside their souls, unbelievers know there’s something more to this life than just the here and now. Verse 24 says, “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into your glory.” Wow, He will take us into His glory! All the stuff of this life, all the clamoring to get ahead, all the endless hours spent doing who knows what. It won’t mean a hill of beans unless you know the Living God. Do you know the Living God? Are you guided by His counsel? Will He take you into His Glory? Don’t look around at others, focus on God.

Psalm 84:10 says, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”
Lord, help us to keep our eyes focused vertically on You, and as we look horizontally may we be gracious.

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4 responses »

    • Yes, I agree! I love your ending prayer, Lynn: “Lord, help us to keep our eyes focused vertically on You, and as we look horizontally may we be gracious.”

  1. “…when I tried to figure it out, all I got was a splitting headache…Until I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I saw the whole picture.” – Psalm 73:17 (MSG Bible)

    Oh, how I love to figure things out on my own! From putting things together or solving a problem, my mind kicks into gear investigating all possibilities. The psalmist gives a wonderful perspective….”enter the sanctuary of God, and we’ll see the whole picture.” In other words, we’ll get a God’s eye view. So how do I enter the sanctuary (temple) of God? Since scripture tells us that WE have become the temple of God as a believer, it means He already resides within us:

    “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
    -1 Corinthians 3:16

    Personally, I find the doors to entering his sanctuary through reading scripture, prayer, and being quiet in His presence (slowing down enough to hear Him speak). I also find some doors through His creation, through drawing & painting, through inspirational reading, through music, through friends and family, and through unexpected encounters (God-sightings). When entering these doors, I find Him waiting for me in His sanctuary and can more easily see the “whole picture” of life through His eyes.

    Oh Lord, thank You that You have provided so many doors into Your presence. May I eagerly walk through them today and find You waiting.

  2. Psalm 73:26-28 (NLT)

    My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
    but God remains the strength of my heart;
    he is mine forever.

    Those who desert him will perish,
    for you destroy those who abandon you.

    But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do

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