When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Psalm 73:21-22 (NIV)
As soon as Asaph gets his thinking straight, he begins to pray. Prayer flows out where truth flows in. One way to measure your grasp of the truth is to take a look at your prayer life.
It is possible to affirm the creed “God is able to do all things,” but then to have very little confidence that He is able to help you in what you are facing now. It is possible to believe “We are all sinners,” but then to have very little awareness of sin in your own life. That’s where Asaph was. But God met him in the sanctuary, and the evidence of it is in the way he prayed afterwards.
This psalm is brutally honest. It is the kind of honesty that leads to changed lives. “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you” (73:21-22).
When you consider your prayer life, how would you assess your current grasp of truth? Are you affirming the creeds, but failing to apply your faith to the things you are facing now? When was the last time you were brutally honest with God about yourself and about your sins?