But as for me, my feet had almost slipped. Psalm 73:2 (NIV)
Psalm 73 is a personal testimony of a man who came through a great crisis in his life. He tells us how he nearly lost his faith, but God helped him, and he found his way through the crisis and into a stronger faith than he had before. This psalm has been described as the book of Job in a nutshell.
If you look at the heading of Psalm 73, you will see that it was written by a man called Asaph. Asaph was one of the men that King David put in charge of music in the house of the Lord (1 Chr. 6:39, see also 6:31). He was in the procession when David brought the ark to Jerusalem.
After that, the Bible says that David “appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel: Asaph was the chief” (1 Chr. 16:4-5).
Asaph was in full-time ministry. He was a mature believer. He was a godly man, and God had put him in a position of great responsibility. But he came to a point in his life where he almost lost his faith. It is helpful to know that even the greatest believers have experienced times of great crisis when it seemed as if everything was falling apart.
God has used this psalm to bring so many people comfort in the midst of their doubts and pain. More than once Asaph has been a balm to those who are suffering. Introducing Asaph is like introducing an old friend.
Can you recall a time when you almost lost your faith, when your feet almost slipped? What kept you stable?