“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73: 23-26
Psalm 73 speaks closely to the provisions given in Psalm 23. We are reminded that we we have the LORD as our shepherd we are guided. We are given directions and instructions. We are disciplined and rebuked and told how to improve ourselves. We are guided with counsel.
Why is it important to be guided with counsel? Why do we have to be guided if we can simply do as we want? We have the option of doing exactly this. However, we are limited in the manner in which we are able to guide ourselves. No one is perfect and definitely we all have our moments when we doubt, but if we are able to regain our internal compass and navigate through sound counsel, we are able to keep going.
What is the ultimate goal of this? We are instructed by Psalm 73 that our highest goal to achieve is not of this earth. There is a portion that will last forever. These are two contrasts that exist within the same paragraph. If King David spoke about earth as passing and heaven as eternal, what should this mean to us? Should we place ourselves in a manner that attempts to keep us in an earthly point of view, or should we strive to conquer these ideas and submit to a higher will that allows for something eternal.
King David was the embodiment of faith within the Old Testament books. There are many examples of faith concerning circumstances and events, yet King David wrote extensively about the importance of placing our hope in the LORD in either the events recounted from the spiritual third person point of view to the events discussed through the spiritual first person point of view in Psalms.