Ps 73:21-24 23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. 24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
It takes great courage to share your feelings with anyone, even your family at times. Recently, one courageous member of my family shared their concerns and anxieties. That night I could not help thinking about them sharing their thoughts and feelings of being under stress and I just felt for them. I wondered, “what would the Lord want them to know” about their situation and what He would want to share with them. And it is this: “You are in My Hand and I will Hold Your Hand through everything.”
In this text, a Psalm of Asaph (Asaph is said to either be the author or the transcriber of these psalms. He may not have said these psalms but transcribed the words of David.), and although we know nothing about him, what we do know is that he is being courageous and vulnerable.
He is telling the reader that he was about to give up; give up on God, give up on His commands and give up on living devoted to God. He was going to give it up because the way he saw that those who were wicked were seemingly prospering, while he was obviously struggling, going thru a hard time. Nevertheless, (regardless, in spite off, or even though) I’m going to power through. He remembered that God was holding his hand (Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand). And if God’s holding his hands, then whatever he is going through God is going through with him.
So why was Asaph (or David) saying Nevertheless? What did he have to power through. Ps 73:21Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.
Look at that; he was grieving, and he was extremely mad. He was feeling some way about losing something and it was making him increasingly angry. Does that sound familiar. It should because it happens often and we’re in the process of feeling like Asaph…Nevertheless; God is going through it with us, and He wants to comfort us as we go by holding our hands along the way.
That is a lot to consider; but let’s consider also what Jesus said about God’s Hands: Jn 10:29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. Not only is God with us as we go through tough times, but He also holds our hands along the journey. All while Holding us All in His Hand, not allowing anything or anyone to snatch us out of His Hand. Only God can do both!