Today you should read: Psalm 73
What a great and encouraging word! Can you relate to this psalm?
Here is what’s happening: He is seeing the prosperity of the wicked! In our world, it’s like seeing your friends or family, who don’t live for God, have a good and happy life. They don’t live for God, they don’t feel guilty about disobeying God, they don’t confess or repent, and yet their lives are good! They seem to be pretty happy and there doesn’t seem to be any “bad” consequences. It seems a little unfair for those who try, day-in and day-out, to obey God and spend time with God! Can you relate?
The psalmist writes in verse 2 that his “foot had almost slipped,” meaning that he almost gave in to these feelings that he was having. He goes on from verse 2 through verse 12 to describe how the “wicked” are living great lives! And verse 13 is the kicker; he goes as far to say, “surely in vain have I kept my heart pure.” Basically, he is saying…”I’ve lived for God for nothing!! It doesn’t matter! My life isn’t any better!” In verse 16 he discusses how much this thought weighed down on him. How about now, can you relate?
So, how does he get from his disappointed state in verses 1- 16, to verses 23- 26, where he basically says, “I don’t want anything else but God!” That seems contrary to everything he just said! Well, we see in verse 17 that everything changes…that’s where I want to land today.
What does it mean to have an eternal perspective? You hear this a lot, but do you really think like this. Do you consider this present suffering as nothing in comparison to the glory that is to be revealed (Romans 8:18)? Do you have consistent joy because you know this life is short, and soon you will see Christ? OR does every little bad thing in your life seem like the end of the world? Do you meditate on the shortness of life and have an eternal perspective? This man did.
In verse 17, he says “until I entered into the sanctuary of God.” He is basically saying that He fixed his eyes on GOD! He saw God for who He was and gained a God sized perspective. He saw God’s plan and it changed him!! It changed him so much that he said some of the most powerful words in all of history, “whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (v 25-26). WOW! He is basically saying, “God, you are the only thing that fills me up, you are my portion, and I don’t want anything else but you!” He goes on to say “for me, it is good to be near God” (v.28). He goes from thinking that there is no point to living for God (verses 1- 16) to not wanting anything else but God (verses 17-28)! All because he fixed his eyes on God and gained an eternal perspective. He saw how short life is and how long eternity is.
So, how about you? Do you feel like living for God has become pointless? Well, my solution for you is to gain an eternal perspective. Think about how short this life is. Think about the fact that God could take your life today. What’s the point of living for anything else? What’s the point of wasting your life by chasing other things? It will be over shortly. And the final destiny of the wicked is eternal death. It is far wiser to live for God now than it is to suffer for it in eternity. Thinking eternally also involves the way you view your trials. There is far more joy when you are thinking with eternal perspective.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione