“Then I Understood”

Psalms 73

1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

28 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.

This Psalm is a testimony of a man who almost slipped. Wicked men appeared to be prosperous, trouble free and relaxed in death. Though these people wore pride and self-confidence “like a necklace around their neck” (vs 6) they seemed happy and strong.

Asaph focused on this to such an extent that he lost sight of the real picture, in the sight of God Almighty. Only when Asaph entered the santuary (vs 17 on) and saw things in God’s light, did he begin to see things in perspective. Then it was that he realized how the wicked were in a “slippery place” and headed for destruction. “Then I understood”, was Asaph’s testimony.

Until we see things from God’s perspective, where He dwells, in the santuary, we will only see appearances. And those appearances can seem so right. King Nebuchadnezzar was convinced that eating grass was the right thing to do. That was until he lifted up his eyes to heaven and “understood”.

How often don’t we feel certain of things because our own logic convinces us? No wonder that eating grass can seem normal! We need to be in a right relationship to God. Christ must be at the centre of our lives. Then, we will see things according to God’s perspective and we will have the testimony of Asaph – “then understood I”.

He ends the Psalm with a note of victory – the viewpoint of a man who “understands”. His summary of it all is: “but it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord that I may declare your works.” If you do not draw near to God yourself, everything will be in the wrong perspective. You will not understand and you will slip. Draw near to Him and understand.