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 thy works. ~Psalm 73:28
God created us with an innate sense of self-preservation. Good parenting, combined with this innateness, teaches us to do what is good for us. However, our sin nature wants us to do what is good for us for selfish gain, and we can wind up making decisions that really are not the best for us and that take us out God's will. Let us see this morning what is good for us.
We see the Lord and our perceptions.
“So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” Our perceptions cause our thinking to be clouded and doubtful. David became envious of the victories that the wicked appeared to be having. His perception was that the wicked never have any troubles. He imagined that the wicked had no bands in their death. However, David came to the realization that he was foolish and ignorant of God’s ways. What’s good for me? Don’t let your fears and setbacks cause you to think that your problems are bigger than God.
We see the Lord and His presence.
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.” David came to the realization that he needed God’s presence in his life continuously: even to the point that God would hold his hand through everything. As adults, we accept that little children need us to hold their hands to guide them. When you are a young adult or older, we find it annoying to “hold the hand” of someone who should be mature enough to do the right thing. I am thankful God does not treat us that way. He holds us by the right hand so that we are secure in His presence. What’s good for me? Letting God have control and staying in His presence.
We see the Lord and His preciousness.
“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” When we get our perceptions corrected and are in the security of God’s presence, it is then that we realize how precious the Lord is to us. David said that there was no one else in Heaven or on earth he desired more than God. He wanted the Lord to know that no one or nothing was competing for his affection more than God. What’s good for me? The Lord alone has all of our desire.
We see the Lord and our powerlessness.
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” The best stage to arrive at in our life is when we come to the end of ourselves. It is to recognize that we are powerless without the Lord. God is more attracted to our strengths than to our weaknesses. What’s good for me? We are helpless and powerless apart from God. Let God be the strength of your life.
We see the Lord and our priority.
“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 thy works.” What’s good for me? Draw near to God: get completely in His presence and have faith in His power in your life. Closeness to God and increased faith go hand in hand. Increased faith can only occur when we come boldly to the throne of grace and find grace to help in time of need. It’s good for me to draw near to God!
Have a precious God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 78-79