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Good to Be with God

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Good to Be with God

Psalm 73:27, 28
27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 23But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

The Story: These verses are a kind of coda or summation of Asaph’s experience. When temptation comes you can go one of two ways – either away from God and onto the path of destruction, or toward God and onto the path of life. Those who continue to indulge in sinful ways will know only ongoing separation from the Lord (cf. Is. 59:1, 2; Ps. 66:18). Stay on that path, without repenting and seeking the Lord, and you will end up in eternal destruction. But seek the Lord in the face of temptation and, when it’s over, you’ll have something wonderful to talk about – the work God has done in sanctifying you and bringing you closer to yourself. Make God your refuge and you will always be able to grow through temptation rather than fall through it into sin.

The Structure: One of the most consistent raps against the Church today is that we talk a good game but we don’t walk the walk. Because he saw this tendency in himself, Asaph knew it must have been true of others in his day as well. His subsequent psalms will demonstrate what happens to a spiritual people when they don’t make God their refuge and find their joy and pleasure in sin rather than in Him. The Church in our day needs to rediscover the disciplines of repentance, penance, prayer, and solitude if members are going to have the spiritual stamina to resist the relentless onslaught of seductive images coming at us every day. But if we do resist, our witness will be strengthened and we will know the joy of divine nearness – joy greater than any temporal indulgence could ever afford.

What have you learned from Asaph about how to deal with temptation? Are you putting his teaching into practice in your life?


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