Psalms 73:23

23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.

Psalms 73:23 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 73:23

Nevertheless, I am continually with thee
Upon the heart of God, in his hands, under his eye, under his wings of protection and care, and not suffered to depart from him finally and totally; he could not be disunited and removed from him by the above temptation; nor was he left to cast off the fear of the Lord, and to forsake his worship and service; nor altogether to lose his love and affection for him, which still continued; see ( Psalms 73:25 ) , or "I shall be always with thee" {z}; not now, for though the saints are always in union with the Lord, yet they have not always communion with him; but hereafter, in heaven, to all eternity:

thou hast holden me by my right hand;
as an instance of condescension, respect, and familiarity; see ( Acts 23:19 ) , as a parent takes his child by the hand, and learns it to go, so the Lord takes his children by the hand, and teaches them to walk by faith in him, ( Hosea 11:3 ) or in order to keep them from falling, and bear them up under temptations and exercises; as well as to lead them into more intimate communion with himself in his sanctuary, and to raise them up out of their low estate to an exalted one; see ( Isaiah 45:1 ) , and likewise to put something into their hands, to supply their wants, and fill them with his good things; see ( Ezekiel 16:49 ) .


F26 (dymt ynaw) "ego jugiter futurus sum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "itaque ego in posterum semper tecum ero", Michaelis.

Psalms 73:23 In-Context

21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
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