Evening Devotional, Friday, 14 June 2024

Evening Devotional, Friday, 14 June 2024

Night 5: The Assurance of God’s Presence

Text: Psalm 73:23-28

Devotional: “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. 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. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 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.”

The psalm concludes with a profound declaration of faith and assurance in God’s presence. Despite his earlier struggles, Asaph now expresses a deep sense of trust and contentment in God’s guidance and care. He recognizes that God is continually with him, holding his hand and guiding him with divine counsel.

Asaph’s declaration, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you,” reflects a heart wholly devoted to God. This realization transforms his perspective, shifting his desires from earthly prosperity to a deep, abiding relationship with God. He acknowledges that even when his flesh and heart fail, God is his strength and portion forever.

The contrast between the fate of those far from God and the security of those who draw near to Him is stark. Asaph concludes that it is good to be near God, finding refuge in Him and committing to proclaim His works.

This final reflection reminds us of the ultimate assurance and peace found in God’s presence. When we draw near to Him, we experience His guidance, strength, and eternal security. Our struggles and doubts are transformed as we rest in His faithful care and declare His goodness to others.

Reflection Questions:

  1. How does recognizing God’s continual presence with you change your perspective on life’s challenges?
  2. What does it mean for you to desire nothing on earth besides God?
  3. How can you share the assurance and peace you find in God’s presence with others?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your continual presence and guidance. Help us to desire You above all else and find our strength and refuge in You. Fill our hearts with Your peace and assurance, and enable us to share Your goodness with others. Amen.

Application: Reflect on how God’s presence has guided and strengthened you throughout your life. Spend time in prayer, expressing your gratitude for His faithfulness and declaring your trust in Him. Share your testimony of God’s goodness with someone else, encouraging them to draw near to Him and find refuge in His presence. Consider keeping a journal of God’s works in your life, using it as a source of encouragement and a reminder of His faithfulness.