June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017

PSALM 70-74

Focus Verse: Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
Psalm 73:17

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73:25-28

 

Psalm 73 is one of those Bible verses that you read and wonder whether or not God really meant to put it in the Bible. Kind of like a lot of the book of Ecclesiastes. I read some of those passages thinking, “Does God realize how bad this sounds for Him? This is terrible PR!” But God isn’t worried about His reputation, so we shouldn’t be worried about defending it. He will do that if and when He sees fit…and eventually, every knee will pay Him the honor due His name.

 

I think one of the keys to this is found in this chapter of Psalms. The writer spends the first part of the chapter debating whether or not it’s even worth it to be good. So many bad people prosper doing wicked things and never seem to get punished for it, so what’s the point in trying to behave morally?

 

Then everything changes in verse 17, and this is where everything changes for us as well. The writer takes his eyes off of the wicked people and things going on around them and puts them on God. Once he steps foot into God’s presence, his perspective starts to change. Just merely stepping into the presence of God opens his eyes to everything that God is – and perhaps more importantly, everything he is not.

 

He continues in the last stanza of the psalm about how he now sees that God is everything that he needs, that he wants nothing other than God. He sees now that even if everything else falls away, God will always be there for those who trust in Him. He realizes that if he goes all in for God, that God will go all in for him and there is nothing else in this world that can top that.

 

So what’s your perspective today? Do you need to step into God’s presence and change that perspective? It’s not going to happen reading a book or listening to another sermon…GOD’S PRESENCE is the game changer. Hit His presence and you’ll see what God doesn’t need to worry about His reputation or PR.

 

It’s all in His presence!

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