Blessings of a Relationship With God

Psalm 73:23-24 says: “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. WIth Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.” “Nevertheless” refers back to the description earlier in the Psalm of the struggle the writer went through in his faith. For a time he had doubted God’s goodness, and he envied the prosperity of the wicked. But he realized that even in such times, he had some blessings in his relationship with God that he could never lose. He shares in these verses 4 blessings of that relationship:

— (:23a) “Nevertheless I am continually with You.” Even the doubts that he wrestled with could not separate him from God.

— (:23b) “You have taken hold of my right hand.” Just as a parent holds his child’s hand to make him feel secure, so our Heavenly Father took this Psalmist by the hand, giving him a peace and security.

— (:24a) “With Your counsel You will guide me.” What a treasure, to know that he had the All-wise God as his own counselor!

— (:24b) “And afterward receive me to glory.” When all the trials of this life were over, however difficult some of them were, he knew that he would be taken up to experience the glory of His God in heaven forever!

The good news is, that through Jesus Christ, each of us may experience all of these same blessings. If we trust Him as our Lord & Savior, He promised that He would never leave us, and no one would be able to snatch us out of His hand. He gives us wisdom through His Spirit, and He will take us to heaven to share in His glory. “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13) — and can experience each of the blessings that Psalm 73 teaches us that come from a genuine relationship with God!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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