My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
If you read this Psalm from the beginning, you will see how brutally honest Asaph is with himself and with God. He knew that God was good to the pure in heart and that was what he wanted to be… but his heart failed him.
“As for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
Asaph’s thoughts took him to a dark place and he wondered why he even tried to do what was right when there seem to be no justice for those who did wrong. In fact, they appeared to prosper, and even though they spoke out against God, no trouble came their way. Asaph asked himself a question that many still ask today; ‘have I lived my life in vain?’ All these thoughts brought his spirit low. “When I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task.”
So, what happened between verse 16 and verse 26? What was it that revived his spirit, calmed his mind and stopped him from falling further into apathy? “It seemed to me a wearisome task, until… I went into the sanctuary of God.”
The presence of God changes everything. In His presence we find our strength, our hope and our purpose. In His presence we find the assurance that our life is never lived in vain when we live it for him.
He is our rock in this present time and following that, we will share in his abundant goodness forever.