"Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind, I was foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven buy you? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:21-26
Have you ever lost perspective? Have you ever only focused on the
"short" term and on the here and now?
In the above scripture, the Psalmist was grieved because of his own
lapse of faith. He speaks of his own foolishness.
The Psalmist compared himself to an animal, a beast, when he lost
his eternal perspective. Why did he compare himself to a beast? An animal has
no sense of eternal or divine perspective. An animal only focuses on immediate
gratification - this for that!
This is what happened to me. Or, should I say, this is what
"happens" to me when the pressures of this world causes my perspective
to be tweaked or when my patience wears out and I want immediately - this for
But because of God grace, and a little rest, I come back to my senses and I recognize as the Psalmist came to recognize - that God never
left him - and God never leaves us - even though for a moment - we leave God. This
is what the Psalmist realized, "You hold me by my right hand. You will
guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in
heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My
flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion
Don't let the pressures of this world turn you into a
"beast". But rather, when you feel those pressures all around you,
tighten up your squeeze on His Hand, and remember, when we lose our grip on Him, He never loses
His grip on us!
"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." Psalm 73:28