Monday, July 29, 2013

The Morning After: Is God Really Good (Psalm 73)

It was good to be back at Cornerstone yesterday after a few weeks away with the family. This picture does not necessarily represent the beach that our family went to, but we did spend some time on the beach. My guess is that most people would think that spending time on a beach like this would be a really good thing. The Christian might even give God the credit for such a beautiful beach and water by saying that God is indeed good. But what if it rained the entire time? What if something tragic happened, like a shark showed up in the water? Is God still good when things do not go the way you think it should go?

That was the point of Psalm 73 that I preached on yesterday. Asaph, the author of this Psalm, was confused. He witnessed that wicked people were prospering and he wasn't. He just did not understand why God would allow that to happen. He was doing everything right. He was doing what he was supposed to do. And yet, the people that seemed to get God's blessings were those that were not following God.

I'm sure you have been there. I know I have been. What I love about Psalm 73 is that Asaph does not hide behind any spiritual facade, that everything is okay. He explains that his feet almost slipped, he almost lost his faith because he was jealous and didn't understand what was happening around him. He was having a moment of religious crisis. But even in this moment, he shows what it was that got him out of the tailspin.

The key for him was to get a new perspective. He widened the zoom on the camera and was able to see the forest instead of his tree. He stepped outside of his situation and looked at things from an eternal perspective instead of a temporal one. And that was when he saw that God is indeed good to those that love Him. Those that do not love God end up in ruin. This put a new perspective of treasures into the heart of Asaph.

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (vs. 25-26)

Jesus Christ, as being the means to having a relationship with God, is well worth desiring. There is nothing that compares to Him. That means, that if we have Jesus our life cannot fall apart. It doesn't matter how much food or work we have. It doesn't matter if it rains on vacation. Those things are just trivial compared to His greatness.

Jesus is the Eternal One, the Creator, our Sustainer, the Redeemer, our Sacrifice, the Reconciler, Intercessor, Perfect Example, Overcomer of Death, Returner, and Sovereign. He is Holy, Righteous, Loving, Gracious, and Savior. The list can continue on and on, and in comparison to that, our world has nothing to offer. God's goodness is ultimately seen in the fact that Jesus has come to remedy our standing before God. Everything else is nothing. Nothing.

If you want to read my notes or listen to the message, you can find them HERE.

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