I love this week’s verse…forgive me, I know I say that just about every week.
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If you read this Psalm from the beginning, you will see that the writer is having a bit of a bad day. One of those days where he is feeling a bit sorry for himself. He is looking around him and noticing that everyone seems to be doing better than he is, that even the wicked are prospering. He even gets to the point of being envious of them. Here he is living his life for God the best that he can and he is struggling, while those who are against him, and God, seem to be prospering with everything going their way. But when you read further down, you see he has come to realize something, he says,
“When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me--until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.” vs. 16-17 NKJV
That time with God can put everything into the right perspective, can’t it. How many of us have had times like that, when you find yourself feeling sorry for yourself? I know I’ve had my share. Most every time they have been because I have taken my eyes off of the one I am doing it all for and look to others for affirmation. I find myself comparing myself with others and always find myself lacking. God has a special purpose for each of us and when we focus on Him and His purpose for us, we find that joy that only comes from fulfilling His plan for our life. There is no one on earth that can fulfill us the way that God can. I love the way this psalm ends,
“But 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.”
Keeping it all about Him.