Read Psalm 73:1-28
“Surely God is good . . . to those who are pure in heart” (v1).
Asaph’s feet were firmly planted on the truth. He’d been standing on the foundation called God’s goodness for much of his life, God’s promised reward for the pure-hearted. But when Asaph started looking around instead of to the Rock on which his feet stood, that foundation got slippery. Suddenly the Rock seemed less than solid.
“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold” (v2).
As he looked around, Asaph was faced with prosperous wicked people and their carefree lives. And, having disciplined himself for purity, Asaph was frustrated!
The author of this particular Psalm, Asaph was an Israelite priest in the court of David. He had been immersed in the study of the the Law. The Law which instructed him to remember God’s goodness to Israel. It was embedded in Asaph’s core that God was good to His people. Period.
But the purity to which he’d been so committed seemed to be leading the opposite way from what God had promised. Where was His goodness? And why was Asaph disciplining himself so carefully when it all looked to be in vain anyway?
Maybe you can relate. You’ve not only believed that what Jesus Christ claimed is true, but you’ve entrusted your entire life to Him, and now by His grace, you walk in His ways. Because He promised life, and you believe Him for it.
But it’s not easy. Especially when your coworkers call you a “religious fanatic” or your neighbors fib just a bit when tax season comes around. Then they get that brand new SUV with their extra cash. Maybe the very fact that the Holy Spirit’s work in your spirit doesn’t let you go that route seems to keep you from what appears to be good, real living.
Here’s the thing about Asaph, though: as he presented his case to God, no holds barred, he sought out His counsel and came upon real truth. Only then, upon approaching the dwelling place of Almighty God, was Asaph able to reach a turning point.
“. . . it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God” (v17).
Only then could he regain his footing.
Sometimes it’s difficult to seek God where He is when we’re feeling slighted by Him. When we do, though, we will always find truth. Real truth. And, just as with Asaph, that can make all the difference between real true life and false goodness.