The real value of Psalm 73:21-22 is that, having been at that place once before, we must remember not to return. God has a way of talking us through cycles in our life, hopefully, at higher and higher levels. If we forget the lessons of the lower cycle, then I believe that God has no choice but to take us through the cycle again. His goal is to mature and perfect us, and He will do that at any cost. We must therefore be on guard against the invasion of any emotion or situation that would make us think and behave like brute beasts before God.
In Psalm 73:23-24, Asaph completes the thought, and in doing so, reveals the ridiculousness of Psalm 73:21-22. – “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
There is a constant conflict, and more so for men than for women, between the independence that we have been cultured to achieve, and the dependence that marks the ideal relationship between God and man. In psalm 73:25-26, Asaph makes it clear. God is our all in all. He is our beginning and our end. I do not know that a practical application of this truth means that we have no relatives or friends around us on earth. But it certainly means that whereas friends and family may fail and may forsake us, or simply may not be available at times that we need them most, God will always be present, and a present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). And sometimes I feel that God engineers our exposure to the failure of friends and family, just to remind us that we serve a God who is unfailing and always faithful, and who will never leave us nor forsake us, and afterward, take us to glory.
Today, we do not take pleasure in the destruction of those who are far from God. Our job is to reach out to them and share the good news of salvation with them, per chance God may have mercy on their souls. But whereas we have no control over the decisions or the destiny of others, we have control over ourselves. We can therefore join with Asaph as he says in Psalm 73:28 – “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.”
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