From ‘How?’ To ‘Whom?’
(So we begin a new section of the Psalms – Book 3, and the next 11 Psalms are all Psalms of Asaph)
A statement of faith v1
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
A confusion of mind v2-9
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked … they are corrupt … they set their mouth against the heavens …
A question of doubt v10-16
Therefore his people … say “How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most high?” …
Behold the wicked prosper … Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain … For all the day long have I been plagued …
The place of answer v17
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
A view of eternity v17-20
then understood I their end … thou castest them down into destruction … they are utterly consumed with terrors …
A confession of heart v21,22
Thus my heart was grieved … so foolish was I, and ignorant: i was a beast before thee.
A question of certainty v23-26
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? … God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
A declaration of faith v27,28
… 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.
If you do not have that certainty of an eternal future with God in glory, and the certainty of God’s presence with you today, then know you can have such a certainty because of the work of Christ upon the cross; his death for sins, and glorious resurrection.
Make the Psalmists declaration of faith your own, and say “I have put my trust in the Lord GOD”.
Believe on the Lord a Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Acts 16:31