Saturday, June 11, 2011

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 73

Jenny is on a journey of praying her way through the Psalms.  I was fortunate enough to join at the start.  Each weekend, we pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey and join us in Praying the Psalms.

Psalm 73 
"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." Psalm 73: 16-17
It is not until God opens our eyes that we understand the ways of the world.  It is only in the sanctuary of God here on earth, the church, that the eternal perspective He gives us will be reinforced.  If we look to the world for answers, we may be carefree and wealthy (verses 4-12) but at great cost- both to our hearts and to our relationship with our God (verses 21-22).
"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."  Psalm 73: 28 (emphasis mine)
The psalmist has made the Sovereign Lord his refuge.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge.  He is my protector, my counselor, the strength of my heart and my portion forever (verses 23-26).   It is a decision- an act of my will- to keep my eyes off the world, to stay near the Lord, to nurture an eternal perspective- these are decisions I must make.

Lord, thank You for opening my eyes to the truth.  Thank You for helping me to understand the final destiny of sinful man.  Thank You for saving me from that destiny!  Thank You for placing me in a church that holds fast to the truth and encourages the eternal perspective You gave me.  Thank You for the free will You have given me.  I pray I will always choose to be near You, to make You my refuge.  In Jesus' name, amen.


Jenny said...

Oh Natalie, I so appreciate your heart each week revealed in the Psalms. He is good to have brought us together.

Misty said...

First of all your blog is absolutely beautiful! I am so glad to have found it today and I look forward to reading more of it. Your post is also lovely - staying close to God is a daily commitment but so very rewarding!


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