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06/06/2008

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The Good, The Bad, And The Godly


"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."

This Psalm of Asaph, (leader of one of David's Levitical choirs) tells an age old story. He was trying hard to live right, but many who were ungodly were prospering as much or more than he. He was considering whether it was really worth the strain of living a moral life.

Here in v 28, it looks like Asaph "got it." The answer came to him as he drew closer to the Lord. The assurance came in v 23. "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand." It is the wonder of the ages for us today as Christians. We are assured of the presence of God in our lives, no matter what is happening or where we are. "You hold me by my right hand."

After 39 years of marraige, I still enjoy walking with Jane and holding her hand. (she doesn't seem to mind) There is such a feeling of comfort in it. A feeling of caring and security. I am glad in our Christian life that we do not have to hold on to "God's hand" We would not have the strength to do that. He holds ours, and doesn't let go.

Asaph had another assurance here in the 73rd Psalm. In v 24, he gained the assurance of God's guidance. "You guide me with your counsel." There are times when the right decision is so hard to ascertain. Its time for the counsel of the Lord.

Asaph comes to a wonderful conclusion in v 26. It is a conclusion that I hope each of us reach in our lives. ""but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." We too need to come to the realization that in our weakness He is strong. Asaph turned from disturbed to restive as he put his trust in the Lord. Listen to his words again and see if they are our words. "But for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."

Have a great Friday...Let your light shine. (tell of His deeds) love mark Phil 4:11

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