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Psalms, chapter 73


May the glory of God be with us. May we see the glory of heaven and judge the things on this world based on them.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 73, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” (Psalms 73:25 NIV).

Lesson:

Things of earth are worthless when compared with heavenly ones.

Historical commentary. – As indicated on the title, this is a psalm of Asaph, who was the founder of one of the three main groups of singers. The psalm talks about the conflict that existed in the mind of the observer about  the apparent prosperity of the wicked, while the righteous were persecuted. This psalm presents a personal struggle of faith, like that of Job. It teaches that we must have patience to endure the trials of life. The psalmist believed in the righteousness of God, but he could not understand the application of this justice to human needs. After looking for the solution to the problem he sees honestly, projected in this life, to the glorious eternity in heaven.

Whom do I have in heaven but you? .- There is no one on earth or in heaven that can compare to God. Barnes said: “Nobody can be for me what God is”. “If we trust in God constantly, we are safe, without the constant fear of future ills. End the worry and anxiety that are meaningless. We have a heavenly Father who cares for his children, and offers an adequate measure of his grace in every time of need. When we take into our own hands the administration of what concerns us, and we depend on our own wisdom for success, we may well expect to experience anxiety and danger, for it will fall on us instead. 2TI 66.

Whether I am with you, and all I want on earth. – The psalmist recognizes that with God there is no need of anything else, because He fully satisfies all our needs. If God is for us, nothing we can gain from this world can be compared in value. If we experienced Christ, even he most precious thing that Satan can offer we will value as junk. The fleeting pleasures that the world dazzles on us, we will consider it as something insignificant compared to what God has prepared for us in heaven.

Prayer 

Dear God who dwells in heaven. Thank you that you for being there for us, and for sending your angels to look after us. We ask that your presence may be constantly felt at our side, and that we may feel your holiness and love. Give us wisdom to reject the desires of this world. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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