Our scripture this morning is Psalms 73:23-26.

Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

The Psalms are expressions of our human emotion and cover all the many feelings we can have. The children of Israel used these as part of their worship, but also as guidance for their lives. They are prayers set to music.

In this psalm we hear the confidence of believers that God will be with us to “guide me with Your counsel”, an Old Testament reference to the Holy Spirit, God’s presence with us. He leads us in the way of righteousness, if we are willing to follow. The choice is ours; however “whom have I in heaven but You?”

The psalmist acknowledges our human frailty, “but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” What a wonderful blessing to know that even in our most difficult moments, God is there for us. He has promised that if we reach out to Him, He will hold us in His love.

Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your love and guidance in all we do. Bless us to go in Your name to share the Gospel with all Your children. Amen.

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