“Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” Psalm 73:17
In this particular Psalm, the psalmist expresses what many of God’s followers have felt at some time or another; the suffering of the saints and the prosperity of the wicked. The writer was struggling with what he considered the apparent success of the ungodly and crisis of the godly. Some of the words that are written in this Psalm are, “I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. . .They are not in trouble as other men. . .Behold these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches” (3, 5, 12). This logic led him to the conclusion that, “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency” (13). The writer was in a confused and deceived state. His focus was on what seemed to be unjust. He could see no benefit in living in a godly way. It was his opinion that those who rejected God were actually better off than those who served Him. This might be your state of mind today, but relax; there is more than meets the eyes!
Of course, we all know that this is not true. In a moment of difficulty and hardship, truth can somehow get lost in what our eyes are seeing. In our own way, most of us can identify with what the man of God was going through. In his dilemma, he did what we all should do in such a situation. The psalmist turned to God for counsel. Our text says, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” When he got with God, he understood that things were not as they initially appeared. After being in “the sanctuary of God” he said, “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places . . .in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors . . , they that are far from thee shall perish” (18, 19, & 27) He saw things differently when he got God’s perspective on what he was seeing and thinking.
This is a great lesson for all of us. Certainly things are not always as they appear. We cannot trust our observations to be accurate. God’s Word is the final authority. When our notions differ from the Scripture, we must lay aside our opinions and believe what God says. What should we do when we begin to have the kind of confusing thoughts the psalmist had? We have a choice to make. We can continue in our false imaginations and become further frustrated, confused and depressed. Or, we can get with God, look into His Word, and get His divine counsel about the situation. It was Paul that said this present affliction is just for a moment and it will bring out something eternal and glorious. Child of God, it won’t always be like this, get into the presence of God and find the true picture of things. David said the righteous are never forsaken; no matter how bad their condition, God will always deliver them from all.
I Declare: Today I declare that I have the grace I need to focus on God and His perspective on life. My heart is fixed on HIM; HE knows the path that I take, after trying me I will shine forth like gold. My mind is programmed for godliness and victory.
Ignite Thought: The Christian faith is not true because it works. It works because it is true.