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I Was Like a Beast Before You

January 20, 2018


I Was Like a Beast Before You

The psalmist,  Asaph,  writes about how he had almost sinned  because he could not understand  all the pain and troubles  in his life.     Nothing seemed  to go right.     All the unbelieving,  arrogant  and prosperous people  around him didn’t  to have any problems  in their lives.     And to top things off,  they were the ones  who were always mocking God.

How could they be  always getting away  with their evil doings,  and yet get blessed  with all the “good things”  in life?     It just didn’t seem right  or fair.

Asaph knew  that if he ever acted  like them,  he would be misleading  and betraying all  of God’s children  around him.     In other words,  he certainly would not be  a good witness  to the love  and salvation  of the LORD God Almighty.

But,  what should he do?     He wanted some  of the “good things”  in life,  too.     With a heavy heart  Asaph went  to the sanctuary  of God  to meditate  on his circumstances.    There,  as he placed his heart  before the Lord,  he realized  the eternal end  of all the unbelieving,  arrogant  and seemingly prosperous people.

In reality,  because these unbelievers were  so arrogant  and despised the Lord,  God had set them  in slippery places  —  and they didn’t have a clue  —  they thought  they were in control  of their lives.    God let them think  they were in control  of all things  and could do anything  they pleased.     But,  all their sins  would surely lead them  to eternal destruction.     They would not be successful  at the end  of their earthly lives.

Then Asaph confessed  his inner turmoil  and feelings  to the Lord  in Psalm 73:21-24.    He says,

When my heart was embittered,   
And I was pierced  within,
Then  I was senseless  and ignorant;
I was  like a beast  before You.   
,  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.

We are often  just like Asaph  as we face all  our troubles  in life  and look at all  the “smart” and successful people  around us, who despise  and mock God  —  seemingly getting away  with all their arrogance  and sin.

When we get bitter  about our hard circumstances,  we are “like a beast”   before our Lord.     We can’t see  what God sees.     We are ignorant  of how God wants  to use our hardships  to strengthen our faith  in the love  of God Almighty.

We can compare our feelings  to what we’ve seen  in wild life documentaries,  where animals  are entrapped  so that they can get some sort  of help  from people.    But,  the entrapped animal  does not understand  the good intentions  of the people,  so it fights,  lashes out,  and tries to attack  its captors.     Asaph realized  that his bitter feelings were  like those  of a senseless, ignorant beast.

When we don’t understand  God’s good intentions  for our lives,  we lash out  at our Lord  and try to fight  what is really good  for us.     We need  to settle down  and think  about God’s love  for us  in Jesus Christ.     It was only  when Asaph settled down  that he remembered  that God really was  right there with him  to help him  overcome every challenge.

In the quietness  of laying all his problems  before the Lord,  Asaph realized  that the Lord had taken him  by the hand  to support  and lead him  in the right direction.     Then Asaph was glad  because God’s good counsel  would guide him  to think and feel  in the right way  —  so that  in the end,  God could receive him  into the eternal glory  of all the saved.

And that’s the best  and most wondrous blessing  —  when God will receive us  to His eternal glory  in heaven.     Everything that happens to us  in this world  is temporary.     So,  when we don’t have the things  of this world  that seem  to give so much pleasure  —  that’s okay.

It’s okay  so long as we stay  in fellowship  with our heavenly Father  and let Him guide our hearts  and minds  in His ways.     Then  our hearts and minds  will have the peace  of trusting  in God’s loving guidance  through this tempestuous world  and we will be taken  into glory.

As we trust  in our Lord’s guiding hand,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all Your ways  for us  are good and right.     Always hold our hand  and never let us go.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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