In The Presence Of The Lord, Abraham Pulickal

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Psalms 73:17, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood their end.”

This beautiful Psalm (Psalm 73) was written by Asaph who was one of the worship leaders in the house of God (probably at the time of king David.)..it starts with a complaint and grief Asaph expresses over his wonderful faith in God…He looks around at the conditions of the world and sees the wicked progressing, and the sinners living happily and this brings depression in his life…he questions himself and his faith in God…”Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence for all day long I have been plagued and chastened every morning”. Psalm 73:13-14….Do we ever go through situations where we may feel all this Christian stuff is useless…I can live without it…and progress in my life…yes we all do have such feelings when we look around in the world…if Asaph who was a worship leader can have such thoughts why can’t we have such negative thoughts..?…but then the latter part of this wonderful Psalm is very beautiful…vs 17 is the turning point….and this can change our thoughts too..Asaph carried his burden to the Lord in prayer and then he knew the end of all such people who do not follow the Lord…”Surely you set them in slippery places, you cast them down to destruction, Oh how they are brought to desolation as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors…”, Psalm 73:vs 18-19…and this is a fact….

We can enjoy a lot in our life but the fact is as Billy Graham says “True happiness comes not by doing what we like to do but by doing what we are expected to do”….God our creator expects us to be holy ……no one in the history would have ever lavished and enjoyed as King Solomon in the Bible…even though the Lord blessed him with great wisdom, he forgot the Lord and lavished in the worldly pleasures, and what was the end his kingdom was divided and his end was miserable.. Solomon himself says in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man, for God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil.”…He enjoyed at his best but at the end he lamented for all his deeds.

We can find peace and true joy only in the presence of the Lord as Asaph did…”For it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all your works”, Psalm 73:28 ..The Bible also encourages us to believe in the Lord..” Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. “, Proverbs 23:17-18…also it tells us the end of sinners..” Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out”, Proverbs 24:19-20

Psalms 1 gives us a wonderful distinction between a person who follows the Lord and one who does not follow the Lord…”Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. “, Psalm 1:1-3…and also it wonderfully tells the end of the wicked people “Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. ”

So it is always wonderful to serve the Lord and follow Him and at the end of day we will never regret of our decision of following the Lord ….in depression we can get an answer when we go into the presence of the Lord in prayer as Asaph did…He will reveal Himself to us and fill us with the joy that surpasses all understanding…. for the Bible says ” In the presence of the Lord there is fullness there is fullness of Joy and in His right hand there are pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11.

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