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Psalm 73:28

...the nearness of God is my good...

In Psalm 73 Asaph the Psalmist is complaining about unbelievers and how they seem to have everything going for them, while his life seemed so full of difficulties. He admitted that his complaining had caused his feet to come “close to stumbling” (v. 2) and his heart to become “embittered and...pierced within....” (v.21). But, then comes a complete turnaround in his heart: “When I pondered to understand this (my bad attitude) it was troublesome in my sight UNTIL I came into the sanctuary of God.” (vv. 16-17).

In essence, the Psalmist is saying that no change of heart was going to happen UNTIL he made a choice to enter into the presence of God in prayer and worship. From that point, his perspective changed dramatically as he set his mind on heavenly things (cf. Colossians 3:1-5). In Psalm 73 he presents to us his very personal testimony of his “private sanctuary moments” with God.
* “Whom have I in heaven but You?” (v. 25)
* “I desire nothing in earth.” (v. 25)
* ...”God is the strength of my heart” (v. 26)
* “I have made the LORD GOD my refuge..” (v. 28)

How’s our attitude today? Is it troublesome to us and others? Do we really want a change of heart? It can happen immediately, but not UNTIL we enter the sanctuary of God in honest prayer and sincere worship. I expect we will come out of that time declaring with Asaph, “...the nearness of God is MY good...” (v. 28). Try it and see for yourself. I have. It works! Like the Psalmist, would you be willing to share a few words about your attitude adjustment that came from your “sanctuary time” with God?  You can email me by clicking on the button below.
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