29th June 2018

Drawing Near to God 

“But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God; I have made the Lord God my refuge and placed my trust in Him, That I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73:28 (AMP)

God, who is Spirit, is everywhere, even when evil persists, and the response on our part is to draw close to him in the certainty of that presence.

This is what the musician and composer, Asaph, notes in Psalm 73. He reflects on the prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous, and he is struggling with doubt and thoughts of unbelief. We don’t know the whole setting but we do know that Asaph’s descendants were in a guild of singers connected to the second Temple (see Nehemiah 7:44). Asaph’s conclusion is that the only answer to such perplexing questions lies in the fellowship of God, and, therefore, we seek that fellowship no matter what.

There’s a lesson in this for us today. In the modern world it seems that unbelievers prosper more than believers and that their voice is heard more than ours. What should our response be?

God is always near, right by our side, and yet sometimes in our actions and thoughts it’s as if we move away from him. It’s time to join in the words of Asaph, “But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God.”

Thank you, Father, for the eternal presence of your Spirit, and yet sometimes I drift away from you in my thoughts and in my lifestyle. Help me, please, to have the approach of Asaph, being convicted that it is good to draw close to you. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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