The Treasure We Have in God-Psalm 73:21-26

Psalm 73:21-26 “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. 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.”

Salmo 73:21-26 Quando il mio cuore era amareggiato e io mi sentivo trafitto internamente, 22 ero insensato e senza intelligenza; io ero di fronte a te come una bestia. 23 Ma pure, io resto sempre con te; tu mi hai preso per la mano destra; 24 mi guiderai con il tuo consiglio e poi mi accoglierai nella gloria. 25 Chi ho io in cielo fuori di te? E sulla terra non desidero che te. 26 La mia carne e il mio cuore possono venir meno, ma Dio è la rocca del mio cuore e la mia parte di eredità, in eterno.

     The Psalmist spends more than half of the beginning of this Psalm on thoughts contemplating the prosperity and success of the wicked. As he laments his own condition compared to the wicked, it finally dawns on him that his riches are found in God. Look at how his attention is brought back to the realization of God’s abundant plan for him. First, he has the eternal promise that God is with him followed by the truth that God is his guide (God hold and counsels him). Lastly, God’s presence is with him not only on earth but for all eternity (“take me into glory”).

     As a summary, the Psalmist seems overwhelmed with this truth and his failure to keep his life in perspective. He admits his sin and reminds himself that he could not continue in life if it were not for the strength of the Lord. What a wonderful message and reminder for us to stop looking at what the world has and concentrate on the treasure we have in our God.

Pray with me: Lord, I sometimes have been guilty, like the Psalmist, of forgetting all of Your benefits. Help me to always look to the fact that God promises us His presence, guidance and glory that will last for all eternity.

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