“Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.”
Psalm 73:23 (NIV)
The man who wrote our verse had gone through a time of spiritual depression. He had served God faithfully and sought to live in obedience always. Yet for all his efforts to be a disciplined child of God he had a remarkable problem with it all.
As the writer looked at his own life he saw nothing but disaster. He said of himself, “All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.” Psalm 73:14 (NIV).
His life was absolutely wretched. It started every morning and did not stop til he fell asleep at night. There was no escape and he suffered claustrophobia because of the unremitting horrors that kept descending upon him.
When he tried to think of any good reason for serving God he came up empty. There seemed to be nothing good that came from obedience to God. And what was worse, when he wanted to speak of his sorrow to another child of God he knew that he would offend them and challenge their faith. It all seemed so worthless.
As he looked at the wicked they seemed to have every good thing in life, health, wealth, and all they did prospered. There definitely was something wrong with this picture. No matter how hard he tried, it simply did not make sense.
What was he to do with his miserable situation? Where could he turn and find some good word of advice or comfort. No one seemed able to answer his many questions about why God’s people had to suffer.
Then something happened that turned him around. We do not know that his sorrows ended, but he had a revelation that put his feet on solid ground. Before he was in despair and now he seemed much better equipped to deal with a difficult unending sequence of painful situations.
How did his outlook change for him? We read in Psalm 73:16-17 “When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (NIV). One day when he entered God’s house he was suddenly given a message from the Lord that caused him to see down the road of life to know what was the final end of the wicked and the righteous. The evil people who disregarded their Creator would find that they would perish. They ignored God in this life and God would ignore them in the next life.
But there was something more wonderful for him to learn that blessed day. He saw that God had been with him all the time. When he thought God had abandoned him and thus his miseries multiplied, nothing of the sort had happened. God had been with him all the time. God was not seen then, nor was His presence felt. But none the less God was still there. All this came to him as he spent time in God’s house where the Word of God was read, expounded and applied to his heart.
Perhaps you need to get to the house of God this weekend and go expecting the Lord to speak to you and help you understand the latter end of those who love the Lord. The future is as bright as the promises of God said one preacher long ago. May your future be brighter this weekend as you go and hear the Lord speak to you. He will never forsake His own. You are always with Him. He leads His people by the hand like little children.