Foggy Until I Enter His Sanctuary
Psalm 73:16 & 17 NIV/MSG
16 When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply
17 until I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I saw the whole picture…
The writer of this psalm laments and questions about the prosperity of the wicked. He does not understand why things are such and even begins to doubt the purpose of following God. When he attempts to figure things out with his own understanding, it seems like an uphill task and all he has is continued confusion.
I think we can at some point or another in our life, identify with the psalmist. Life sometimes goes in a way that opposes our logical thinking and understanding, doesn’t it? We work hard but the promotion lands in the lap of others. We invest our whole life building our family but our children just do not seem to appreciate us. We are careful with our spending but unexpected happenings somehow cause our savings to leak. We are busy every day but sometimes we lose sight of the purpose of what we are busy achieving.
We remain confused and confounded no matter how hard we try to make sense of what is happening. Just like the writer of Psalm 73.
But then, things took a complete turn for the psalmist. He was perplexed and tired from trying to understand life UNTIL he comes into the sanctuary of God. Then, he begins to see the whole picture.
The sanctuary of God is the most beautiful and powerful place a person can be in. It represents the place where God abides, where the presence of God is.
I understand God is omnipresent, He is present everywhere. I understand Christ dwells inside of us and we have His presence every moment in our life. But I believe today, God especially wants to draw us to the miraculous place we find ourselves in when we come into the gathering of His people in church. There is a manifest presence of God that is very powerful in the corporate worship of the church.
When we come together to worship, we are in tune with what is happening in heaven. The Apostle John gives us this description of worship in heaven in Revelation 5:12 NLT, “And they sang in a mighty chorus: ‘Worthy is the Lamb… to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing’ “
As we sing and lift our worship to God as one Body, we come into His presence that awakens our soul to behold His majesty and glory. And then, He makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18). When His people are gathered together, not only our individual lives become more Christlike, the church as a whole becomes a more effective lighthouse to the world. Yes, God’s presence has the power to touch, heal and transform us in that moment of our worship in His sanctuary.
Very often, when we go to church, we are experiencing certain drought and confusion in our life. But when we begin to worship, we open ourselves to see things from God’s perspective. We begin to receive His insight and understanding for those matters that have been boggling our mind. In that place of worship, we come to receive His strength to endure and overcome our struggles. Our eyes are open to the beauty of the hope of God’s calling and our faith is strengthened.
We begin to truly experience what the writer of Psalm 73 describes about him not being able see any of these, until he enters the sanctuary of God. Then, he understands. The reality of the wicked around him prospering has not changed. But his perspective has. How wonderful this is! In our worship, in God’s presence, the eyes of our heart are open to God’s light and truth. Sometimes we do not understand why things are the way they are. But when we come and worship, when we hear the Word of God, it helps us gain perspective. Perspective of how big our God is. Then, we realize how small our problems are. Then, any spiritual or emotional fog we were in before, begins to clear up because we have opened the way for God’s light to come in with our worship.
God tells us in Exodus 20:24 GNT, “In every place that I set aside for you to worship Me, I will come to you and bless you.”
We read in Hebrews 10:25 CEV, “Some people have given up the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that.”
Therefore, we must never forsake or neglect gathering together as believers. God wants to do His great work in and through the church, because we are His Body consecrated and called to bring His light and love to the many people who are in darkness of the spirit.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for placing me in Your church. Thank You for counting me worthy to be part of the Body of Christ to serve the world around me as Christ would. Thank You for creating me to worship You as it is through worshipping You that I can constantly grow in Your likeness. Continue to speak to me, touch me, heal me and transform as I come to You in wholehearted worship. Move in and through our church mightily as we regularly gather to draw close to You in worship and Your Word. Use us, O Lord, to draw men, women and children from all walks of life into Your light and Your salvation. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”