Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. Psalm 73:23 (NIV)
What would you expect the outcome of Asaph’s confession to be? “My spirit was bitter, my heart ruled my head, and I was acting on impulse.… Therefore, I am a total failure”? Or “Therefore, God has no place for me”? No! Look at the outcome of Asaph’s confession: “Yet I am always with you”! (73:23). True confession never leads to despair. It always opens the door of hope.
Behold the word “yet.” My Spirit was bitter, my heart ruled my head, and I was acting on impulse, yet I am always with you! We often think about the Lord walking with us on our path. But a better way to think about the Christian life is that you are walking with Christ on His path.
“Despite everything that has happened, and all the junk that has been going on in my life, I’m still here, Lord. And the reason I’m still here is that You hold me by my right hand.”
Asaph says that his feet almost slipped. Why didn’t they slip? God held him up! Asaph was drowning in confusion until he came to the sanctuary. Why did he come to the sanctuary? God brought him there.
If sustaining the Christian life depended on us, we would have given up long ago. But thank God we can say with Asaph: “You hold me by my right hand, and that, Lord, is why I am here in your presence today.”
The presence of God is the one place where you need have no fear of being exposed. This God knows the worst about you already. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Will you test God in this? Bring your worst sins before Him today and see if His grace isn’t sufficient for you.