Sorry so late, the front of my face is one big sinus headache!
Asaph was a choir leader for David. This Psalm is REAL!! I have the song “Only the good die young” by BIlly Joel in my head.
If you are a Christian and have never felt like the first half of this Psalm at least ONCE in your life…I would struggle to believe you. Why does the most faithful Christan struggle yet, we watch the lost prosper??? But then we get to 16:
15 If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
Why do I look at the prosperity of others with questions or jealousy (I still do, even as a Christian) when I can confidently say:
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 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.
I am digging Asaph! He says it like it is. Asaph’s struggle was: DOUBT. Oh that’s a BIG one for many of us. Think of something really difficult, pray about it, and then see what you say to yourself when you finish- the Here, I will go first…
My dad is getting very old. He makes no claims to be being a Christian, he actually says horrible things about my Christianity, and I know when he dies he will not go to heaven. PLEASE give him a reason to see you and know you before it is too late”. I know all things are possible through you. Love, Patricia.
“Umm, that ain’t happening”
See! Doubt!! When I do that I am saying “His lack of faith and desire to be a Christian is stronger than God”. I have doubt, and just wrap it up in a bow by saying “Just keeping it real”.
BUT starting in verse 11 reminds me: remember the miracles, who is greater than God? Clearly, if he can handle the parting of the Red Sea….he can handle the small things like us.
Psalm 78- Oh stars it is is so good. At first, I was like “Oh this is so long” but honestly when I turned the last page I was sad it was over! I wanted to find out how it was going to end!! LOL
I hope as you read it at least 1/3 of this Psalm was: “Oh, I know what the Psalmist is referring to!”. Isn’t that crazy cool now.
Connecting this Psalm to the Chronicles starts at verse 65. Remember, the purpose of the Chronicler is the line of David to the Messiah. BUT don’t miss out on verse 71. David is not elevated as a king…he is described as a SERVANT.
65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
he put them to everlasting shame.
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,
like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.