“Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”
Psalms 73 through 83 were written by a man named Asaph and his descendants. Who was Asaph? According to the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Asaph was a Levite, a musician and songwriter, and a prophet that served in the temple during the reign of King David. Beyond that, and the content of the psalms he wrote, we know little about him.
Psalm 73 begins with a lament about the success and peaceful lives of the wicked. Asaph admits to being envious over the wealth and ease experienced by the wicked and confessed that in his envy he almost forgot about the goodness of God to Israel.
It’s easy to get caught by the lure of money, possessions, and leisure. When a worldly, or wicked person accumulates wealth his only concern is how to use it to please himself, but the righteous person is never concerned about pleasing himself, rather his concern or focus is how to live a life that is pleasing to God. After all it’s God who has been good and blessed him should he not then complete the circle by serving God and being a blessing to others.
After Asaph had recounted his meditation on the advantages of the wicked in their wealthiness he confessed that he had nearly forgotten the precariousness of their situation. Asaph then observes that in this world God has set the wick upon a slippery slope. No matter how secure they may appear in a moment they can be brought to desolation and destruction.
Wealth is that way. Sometimes it’s easy to get and always it’s easy to lose.
The riches of the righteous is the presence of God in our lives. Of the Lord Asaph writes, “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”
It’s easy to get caught by the lure of wealth and riches but the purest treasure we can possess in this life is the presence of our Heavenly Father. His love can never decay, tarnish, or be stolen. He will never abandon us. There is nothing and no one more worthy of being desired than he