Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
The statement in our verse today is one that some followers of Jesus think they believe until tragedy strikes and they suddenly start questioning their faith.
Having been told that nothing is difficult for the child of God—they believe this until their world collapses through adversity and they suddenly realize that their faith is not as strong as they assumed. The tragic situation rocks them to the very core of their being.
The man Asaph, who wrote Psalm 73, tells us that “God is good.” However, Asaph is honest enough to write that he did not always believe this. Through painful experiences in life, his faith was almost wiped out. He simply could not explain why he suffered and the wicked had an easy life.
As he tried to make sense of life, he realized that some of his thoughts were so heretical that he could not tell them to any of God’s people lest he damage their faith as well (Psalm 73:15). Behind his silence he hid confusion and despair.
Then one day he entered the house of God where worship was conducted, the Bible read, and the truth of Scripture explained. It was there that he learned truths he had somehow forgotten. He was reminded of the final end of the wicked and the eternal joys of the righteous. God’s house was where he got life in focus.
Somehow the Psalmist had allowed pain and suffering to blur his vision of the teaching from Scripture. Many of us can confess to a similar experience in our times of trouble. We have had doubts in our hearts about God’s love or His wisdom or His care for us.
This is why we need to come back again to the place of worship and remembrance of the truths of the Bible. The Psalmist said that his understanding was affected by coming into God’s house. In other words, he was instructed in God’s truth and this caused him to turn a corner and start back to the stable road of spiritual security and maturity.
All of us need the information that is in the Word of God. We must be taught eternal truth if we are to find the strength and wisdom to deal effectively with life’s more difficult alternatives. Seeing others who suffer and remain faithful to the Lord can also feed our faith. This is another reason for attending God’s house.
Perhaps you have given up on the organized church and simply stay home or do other things when God’s people gather on Sunday to praise, worship, and learn more about the pilgrimage of the Christian.
I urge you to return to the house of God and truly seek to hear the voice of God in the music, Scripture reading, preaching and godly conversations before and after the service. That is the place to get life into focus.