But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28 ESV
This morning I sort of camped out on the last verse of Psalm 73. This verse literally jumped off the page and could easily become a battle cry for all who believe. Psalm 73 as a whole is a wisdom psalm, and gives insight to life as a believer. You see as it was long ago, during biblical days, there were believers and unbelievers alike and two different paths to travel. The two paths have a destination, one draws close to God and the other wanders farther and farther from God.
The psalmist highlights three things that we can apply to our lives today:
1. It is good to be near to God.
Why is it good to be near to God? Doesn’t it seem that even unbelievers get the American Dream? Doesn’t television tell us that it’s all about me? There is a satisfaction in knowing that those who place their trust in Jesus for salvation will one day be united with the Father. My happiness isn’t dependent on my bank account. My peace doesn’t come from a promotion at work. No, my hope is founded in Christ and drawing near to Him!
2. Make God our refuge.
Refuge – shelter or protection from danger or trouble. When we make God our refuge we call upon the Creator of the universe to be our source of strength in times of distress and trouble. Does this verse say that God will keep us from danger? No, it says that he, the psalmist, has made God his refuge. When we are going through the fire to whom do we run? Our family? Or children? Our retirement? These things will let us down, but God will never let us down as long as we make Him our refuge and strength.
3. Tell others what God has done.
Lastly, the psalmist ends with telling others about what God has done. We all like to tell others about our lives during conversation but how much do we tell others about what God has, is doing in our lives? I must admit that I fall short of this in my life and could make more of an effort to tell others about how God has taken care of me and my family.
What will you do this week to apply these things?
(You can also look up Psalm 49 when reading Psalm 79)