IT IS GOOD TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD – Ray E Horton
Reading Psalm 73, we see Asaph complaining of the seeming unfairness of the wicked prospering:
“Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; They increase in riches. Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued…” (Vs. 12-14).
Until I Went to the Sanctuary
Today, the temple of the Holy Spirit is within us. As we draw near to God in the holy place, that secret place within where we meet with our God, He speaks to us and gives us answers
It is easy for us to have these questions today as well. “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).
Where did he find the answer? In the sanctuary, the place consecrated to the Lord. Back then, it was the temple. Today, in this age of grace, the temple of the Holy Spirit is within us. As we draw near to God in the holy place, that secret place within where we meet with our God, He speaks to us and gives us answers.
We may have questions. “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 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 forever” (Vs. 23-26).
Press into the awareness of His presence, where He gives us guidance and counsel
He is always there within us, so let us be “continually with” Him by pressing into the awareness of His presence, where He gives us guidance and counsel. Our fleshly selves are weak, but “God is the strength of my heart.”
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works” (Vs. 28).
He is our refugee and our strength when we draw near and spend time in the secret place, and thus strengthened, we are prepared to do His will and reach others, witnessing to His wonderful works and spreading the Good News of Jesus our Lord.