21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
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.
There is a practical and noticeable change that worship brings. Earlier in Psalm 73 Asaph was moaning and bemoaning the wealth and success of the wicked. Then he says, “When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny” (vs. 16-17). Worship gives our earthly experience eternal eyes. Worship allows us to see what and how the God of heaven sees.
My heart has been grieved… my spirit embittered. I was senseless and ignorant… like a brute beast before God. I need more worship, not less! I need those eternal perspectives that only God can bring. My heart and flesh may fail – but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Forever!
Father, there is nothing on earth I desire more than You! Thank You for being my strength and for leading me by my right hand… for giving me Your perspective and counsel and for leading me into Your eternal Presence in glory. While here, I will make You my refuge. I will rest in You and will tell of all Your deeds. You are good and Your mercies endure forever. I worship You this day.