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.
This Psalm is so true and sweet that my soul overflows with love, hope, and gratitude. So very many Truths about the character and nature of our God and so much promise and hope for the believer. My heart is just in awe of the goodness of the Lord! So many opportunities for a Selah (pause and ponder) that causes the heart to bow in worship and stand confident in the Lord’s promises.
Look at this truth that Asaph wrote, “Yet I am always with You.” We often find ourselves encouraging one another that “God is with us.” No matter which way you say it, despite our rebellion, sin and transgressions, God still so loved us and gave His Son that we could have intimate relationship and never be separated.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28
“ And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:2
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
What a great blessing that this Scripture describes, “God [You] hold me by my right hand.” You see, this removes the pressure of me keeping me. Yes, I am to draw near to God and He will draw near to me. I get it, I understand it, by the grace of God that is my heart desire as I abide in Christ, He shall help me to do it. But I have to tell you, knowing that it is God who is holding me sure enough frees me to hold on to Him. It confirms in my soul that my salvation is not by works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:9); that is in Truth by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Just in case you didn’t get it, that’s a SHOUT NOW! HALLELUJAH! It brings a satisfaction that can only be found in Jesus!
It causes one’s heart to so rejoice, to be so grateful, to be so hopeful and sure of future grace that it overflows in love for the Lord that obedience is the heart’s desire.
Now, I know me, not as well as the God who created me, but well enough and if anyone could find a way to let go of His hand it would be me. So very thankful to be saved and sealed by His Spirit.
Surrendered and satisfied is the place of joy. The blessing is we don’t have to even do that on our own. God is with us, Immanuel. Verse 24 says, 24 You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory.
Even when I mess it up, despite an adversary who comes to accuse, steal, kill, and destroy, the Lord is right with me leading me and guiding me, counseling me by His Spirit and through His Word to bring me to repentance so there will no broken fellowship. Psalm 121:7-8, “The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” So very thankful that the Lord watches over His children. He is the Giver of my salvation, the Lifter of my head and the Keeper of my soul.
I praise His Holy Name!
I pray I Almost Let Go, by the Kurt Carr Singers will encourage those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb today that God is with us. I pray also for those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior will be drawn by His Spirit and Word to surrender and find soul satisfaction in Jesus! Blessed is the Name of the Lord!