Evening Devotional, WednESDAY, 12 June 2024

Evening Devotional, WednESDAY, 12 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73

Night 3: The Turning Point

Text: Psalm 73:13-17

Devotional: “All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, ‘I will speak thus,’ I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.”

Asaph reaches a low point in his struggle, feeling that his efforts to live righteously have been in vain. The apparent prosperity of the wicked and his own suffering make him question the value of his faithfulness. However, he refrains from voicing his doubts publicly, recognizing the potential harm to others’ faith.

The turning point comes when Asaph enters the sanctuary of God. In God’s presence, he gains a new perspective. Worship and communion with God provide clarity, allowing him to discern the ultimate end of the wicked. This experience highlights the importance of seeking God’s presence when we are troubled and confused. It is in worship and prayer that our perspective shifts from earthly to eternal, from immediate struggles to God’s greater plan.

Reflection Questions:

  1. How has worship and time in God’s presence helped you gain perspective during times of doubt or envy?
  2. What steps can you take to regularly seek God’s presence, especially when you are struggling with difficult emotions?
  3. How can you encourage others to find clarity and peace in God’s presence?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the clarity and peace that come from being in Your presence. When we are overwhelmed by doubt and envy, draw us closer to You. Help us to seek You in worship and prayer, finding strength and perspective in Your sanctuary. Amen.

Application: Make a plan to spend intentional time in worship and prayer this week, especially if you are struggling with doubts or difficult emotions. Reflect on how God’s presence brings clarity and peace. Share your experience with someone else, encouraging them to seek God’s presence in their own struggles.