A wave of provoking thoughts, challenging and difficult questions, and trying to visualise a reality beyond his understanding almost crippled the psalmist, Asaph. (Asaph is the author of Psalm 50 and Psalms 73-80). It nearly ended his ministry, his theology, and even his faith. He could not explain or justify what he was seeing; it was difficult to make sense of or comprehend. He was jealous, filled with anger, and he was in great anguish. Being filled with pain, a pain so deep and unbearable, he felt like an animal before God. The confusion seemed to build up and escalate until it came to make a choice…
The year 2020 has the world around us in a state of frensied and total chaos. Worldwide headlines have been filled with tragic and fearful news; the U.S was hit with the deadliest seasonal flu that cost more than ten thousand lives, the deadly bushfire in Australia, followed by an invasion of thousands of bats. Then there was the unprecedented locust invasion in Eastern Africa, a land that is already stricken with poverty and famine. The tragic news didn’t stop there; a volcano erupts in the Philippines, an earthquake shook Puerto Rico and extreme snow swept through Canada. And now the world faces COVID-19. How do we, with our finite minds, make sense out of all this? How can we experience all this and at the same time experience real peace and rest in our souls?
It feels like there should be a big reset button for 2020. But, that cannot happen. Unless someone has invented time travel that we’re not aware of.
The Sanctuary of God is: a place of prayer, worship, listening to God’s word and for His voice, a place for fellowship; a place of repentance and forgiveness of sin through the blood of Christ Jesus and most importantly, where the Holy Presence of God dwells.
Asaph made his choice; God over himself. Asaph chose to go to God for counsel instead of indulging in his own presumptions and speculations. He chose faith over fear. There, he chose to trust in the heart of the Lord; that God is good even when Asaph could not see the hands of God moving in his circumstances. He chose to listen to God and not to go on wallowing in his own self-pity. He made the most important and wisest decision of his life when he chose to go into the presence of God.
We must do the same. There, in the presence of God, in the sanctuary of God, His light will stream up on us, we will see the light. We will gain more than just entrance into this place of worship but also entrance into the presence of the Person whom we are worshiping. We will experience a heavenly communion so tangible, so powerful, but also so personal that we will realise our foolishness and also God’s loving-kindness and goodness on us. When we come to God for counsel, God gives us wisdom and also comfort; true peace and rest will abide in us, because Christ abides in us and with us.
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds Psalm 73:23-28
The Triumphs of Faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
In times like this, where and how will you choose to live your life? What will you choose to base it on? I hope you will choose to seek His Presence because He is there waiting for you. He has everything that you need and He longs to meet you face to face. He not only loves you, but He likes to spend quality time with you. Will you go to the secret place and seek His face?
“ 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7
Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you, it’s so good to be reminded that you are waiting for me to come to your sanctuary, into your presence. I want to spend time in your presence and desire to know you intimately. In Jesus name, Amen.