“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
Psalm 73:23, 24 (NIV)
This is from a psalm of Asaph, a Gershonite Levite choir leader. Twelve of the Psalms have been assigned to him. Gershon was a son of Levi.
Asaph had gotten discouraged by the wicked people always prospering. Once he entered God’s sanctuary. He repents of his ‘attitude’ and makes the statement that is our focus passage.
“. . . I am always with you. . . “This statement speaks of Asaph’s commitment to the Lord. Peter told Jesus that he’d never leave Him but he denied the Lord three times. Peter got right with Jesus. In today’s world, we have times where we fall short of God’s standard and we have to ask for His forgiveness. Even when we accidently stray from God, he is there to accept us back.
“. . . you hold me by my right hand.” When young people are dating, they sometimes hold hands. When an older person is unsteady on their feet, a companion will hold their hand while walking. When a parent with young children walks with them, the parent holds the children’s hand as they go from one place to another God does the same thing when He asks us to follow Him.
“You guide me with your counsel. . .” God speaks to Asaph and imparts wisdom to him. With Asaph being a worker in the house of the Lord, I believe he and God had many occasions in which God talked and Asaph listened. Even today, we have times where we seek his counsel and, in order to hear what God tells us, we have to listen.
“. . . afterward you will take me into glory.” This is Asaph’s statement of faith. He knows God will do as He has said. As 21st Century disciples, we need to remember that our final destination is with God in heaven.