Psalms 73:23-26

23 But I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand.
24 You give me wise advice to guide me. And when I die, you will take me away into the glory of heaven.
25 I don't have anyone in heaven but you. I don't want anything on earth besides you.
26 My body and my heart may grow weak. God, you give strength to my heart. You are everything I will ever need.

Psalms 73:23-26 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 73

\\<>\\. It seems by the title that Asaph was the penman of this psalm, as it is certain that he was a composer of psalms and hymns; see 2Ch 29:30, though it may be rendered, "a psalm for Asaph", or "unto Asaph" {a}; and might have David for its author, as some think, who, having penned it, sent it to Asaph, to be made use of by him in public service; see 1Ch 16:7, and so the Targum paraphrases it, ``a song by the hands of Asaph;'' the occasion of it was a temptation the psalmist fell into, through the prosperity of the wicked, and the afflictions of the righteous, to think there was nothing in religion, that it was a vain and useless thing; under which he continued until he went into the house of God, and was taught better; when he acknowledged his stupidity and folly, and penned this psalm, to prevent others falling into the same snare, and to set forth the goodness of God to his people, with which it begins.

Psalms 73:23-26 In-Context

21 At one time my heart was sad and my spirit was bitter.
22 I didn't have any sense. I didn't know anything. I acted like a wild animal toward you.
23 But I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand.
24 You give me wise advice to guide me. And when I die, you will take me away into the glory of heaven.
25 I don't have anyone in heaven but you. I don't want anything on earth besides you.
26 My body and my heart may grow weak. God, you give strength to my heart. You are everything I will ever need.
27 Those who don't want anything to do with you will die. You destroy all those who aren't faithful to you.
28 But I am close to you. And that's good. LORD and King, I have made you my place of safety. I will talk about everything you have done.
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