Grace and the Beast

  “So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” Psalm 73:22

Why am I so foolish?—because I am ignorant.  Why am I ignorant?—because I do not know God.  Without the knowledge of Him I am but a sinful creature, no different than the other creatures that He has made.  How many times, through the means of His grace, has my heart been”grieved” at the revelation of my beastliness beofre HIm and before men.

 In this Psalm Asaph sees himself in the middle of sinful humanity. He sees himself as one of the whole of humanity, identifying with the pride of  the wicked.  Envious of their prosperity his “feet were almost gone.”  His steps had “well nigh slipped.”  But, he goes on to speak of God’s  relationship to His people—to those whom He has delivered by His grace.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~  NEVERTHELESS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

What a blessed word is this to me and those who are being tamed by the grace of our Father, and His Spirit—to those He has brought to faith in His Son, Jesus Christ

I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.”

Which is greater—the Father’s wisdom, or my foolishness?  Which is dominant—the Father’s knowledge, or my ignorance?  Which is the overwhelming and overcoming factor in the life of God’s children—His grace, or our sin?

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”guidance

Psalm 73:23-24

Father, you know that we have none in heaven but you, that there is none upon earth that we, as your children, desire beside you.  Our flesh and our hearts fail in our own endeavors, but you are ‘the strength of our hearts, and our portion forever.”  This is all the power of the working of your grace within us. We praise you for all things, and for this day of grace.  In Jesus’ name we pray, and thank you.”

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