I really identify with Asaph. He’s the guy who was fuming over the teflon-coated “fat cats” who never seemed to get what they deserved for all their pride, cruelty, wickedness, and total disregard for God. He even got to wondering if his own pure life was all in vain—UNTIL he came face to face with God and got it all in proper perspective.
So what about me? Like Asaph…
…I look around me. Life seems so unfair! I become cynical.
…I look within me. I am bitter, foolish, ignorant.
…I look up—at God.
He holds me, guides me, leads me to a glorious destiny.
He is all I want, all I need.
He is the strength of my heart no matter what happens.
He is mine forever.
And I am secure!
(Taken from Psalm 73.)
A line of a favorite song says, “You’re my Friend and You are my Brother, even though You are a King.”
Paradoxes fascinate me, especially when when I struggle to get a glimpse into the mysterious nature of God.
I imagine falling to my knees before Him in awe, and then climbing into His lap and snuggle with His arms wrapped around me! This is my God, my King, my Father, my Friend! The One I can both worship and confide in, the One who is infinite and yet lives with me and in me.
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever. (Psalm 73:23-26 NLT)
This was the headline in one paper today. Lance Armstrong’s fall is filed in my mind alongside the disgrace and demise of notorious characters like Saddam Hussein and Khadaffi. And I am reminded of God’s promise/warning that evildoers will surely reap the consequences of their sin sooner or later. Just as sure is His promise that those who are godly and faithful will be rewarded. My problem is that I’m too impatient. It’s hard to wait while evil keeps winning and the innocent are oppressed. Psalm 73 is a great read for times like this.
A TV commentator talking about Lance’s talk with Oprah said that “full confession must precede redemption and forgiveness.” Wow! I wonder if he realized that he was expressing deep spiritual truth as well. I pray that the world won’t just gawk and point fingers at Lance, but that there will be soul-searching to see where we are denying the truth and condemning ourselves. Confession and repentance are a heavy price to pay, and there will be consequences—BUT aren’t redemption and forgiveness well worth it in the long run?
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!