Day Four: Holy Spirit Rain

Psalm 73:13-14, 16-18 (NIV)
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.

When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.

The psalmist concluded, why should I keep following God when all I get are troubles while the arrogant keep succeeding? We may also get tempted to exchange what we believe with where our thoughts may be taking us. When this happens, our hearts are not beating as they should. But God has made a way through Jesus Christ – where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor. 3:17b).

“The first step out of the sinkhole of resentment and envy is worship. The psalmist enters the sanctuary, and in the presence of the true God his sight clears and he begins to get the long-term perspective.” [Timothy Keller; Kathy Keller, The Songs of Jesus, p.169]

In God’s presence, Asaph was changed and saw how it really ends for those who reject God –all their power will come to end. Let’s pray for the Spirit of God to rain down upon us and transform our hearts to beat as they should for the Lord. Let’s praise God and surrender to Him as we sing the song “Open Heaven” (Click here).

– CH