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TIO: God's Holding.
Written by Grant Hayman   

Psalm 73:22-23 (KJV)
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
 
 This Psalm of Asaph is a lofty one indeed and very powerful in it's conclusion.

His level of thought at the first is spiritual in observation but the mind set dwells on the lower estimations of life.

"Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning."
[Vs 12-14.]

Asaph does not realise the Lord's largeness of heart and awakes to the fact that he had a despising attitude and a resentment because the Lord allows him to encounter difficulties that the ungodly seem to avoid! Hence the text verses 22-23.

How "foolish" are our resentments, looking on the outward instead of being like David, "after God's own heart" on issues.

Indeed as Asaph declares - "a beast before thee"! The true reality of self.

What an awakening Asaph comes to at that point, but then he touches on a most blessed reality - that, he is still with the Lord! The Lord wasn't with his ideas but held hold of him!

Praise the Lord for his teaching in our "foolishness". We think we know, but we don't.

We think we have got it right about others but we haven't.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. [Psalm 147:5.] ~ Cont:- top of next column...

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Because of our spiritual disappointment and foolishness as mute beasts (Hebrew text) we can end up way off course but God holds on to us! .....

The expression Asaph uses is - God seized hold of him by his all powerful right hand. Our right hand speaks of our determined power and state of mind. God stifled that, seized hold of his right hand, and contained Asaph. He realises that the mercy and kindness he could not see with others, was also holding him.

He saw at once, when he went into the presence of the Lord, that so great is the mercy and lovingkindness of the Lord, that he declares without the initial doubts that he had - "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory". [Verse 24.]

How wonderful are such words. How wonderful is our prospect, regardless of how foolish our failures may be!

The Lord make his Word so precious and dynamic with us, as Asaph learned.

Asaph's final realisation is beautiful, it doesn't matter how well devised and dressed up our notions about the will of God may be: there is only glory if our life lines up with the Word of God.

We do, and should delight in the declaration - "Christ in you the hope of Glory" [Colossians 1:27]. But remember Jesus is also called "The Word of God" [Revelation 19:13. John 1:1-3.]

God bless.

Jesus takes my burdens away.

** Theme Song - "Think it Over."