What A Wonderful World

In today’s MyDailyBible devotional reading it included Psalm 73. I’d like to share how my Dear Heavenly Father God brought that psalm alive to me in a special way. https://www.mydailybible.org/dp/esv/esv-study-bible/2019-03-14.htm

Some years ago I found a song that was somewhat popular when I was young and had been redone combining it with another old song. The original was made popular by New Orleans very own Louis Armstrong “Satchmo” in 1967. It became a #1 hit in the UK right away but sold less than 1,000 copies in the US because the president of ABC records, Larry Newton didn’t like it and didn’t promote it. He even tried to stop the recording session of it and Larry had to be locked out of the recording studio for the recording to continue. Then freight train whistles interfered and they had to start over and over to finally get it recorded. A Hawaiian singer named Israel, Imagine That!!, made the mixed version that I sometimes played to my grandchildren when holding and rocking them to sleep.

In life it seems things happen kinda like when Satchmo was trying to record “What A Wonderful World.” Even though we try our best to seek the Face of God and do what’s right in our Father’s eyes to just live a peaceful life the world seems to fight us, even tries to discourage us to maybe loose hope of a  “Wonderful World.”

I’m sure everyone has their times when you are left to just hope and pray that a season of struggle and hardship will “Come to Pass.” One of my seasons like that was on a job. There were new supervisors brought in and they then brought in friends and family members. That in itself is not a bad thing if everyone is doing their job and treats each other with courtesy and respect but that wasn’t the case.

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What started out as just a common adjusting to new management turned into witnessing a wave of underhanded and malicious things going on. The job I loved was turning into a burden and even a weight as I saw things change for the worst. There were days that on my drive to work I prayed that God would help me get through it and the drive home was a relief to see it over but a dread to think of tomorrow starting it all over again.

I remember distinctly one morning as I sat up in bed before getting ready for work, I was in great despair and said these words. “Lord I need something from your Word that will help me to get through this day.” In my mind I heard, “Read Psalm 73.” I didn’t remember or know what Psalm 73 was about. It’s not something like Psalm 23 or 91 that when you hear the chapter something clicks in your mind, “oh yea.” So I went to the kitchen and read Psalm 73 then put some more tears in one of the bottles God holds for me.  God gave me hope of a better day, someday and a focus for today and everyday until the better day would come.

Psalm 73 started out with a chastisement and warning to not focus on the wrong things, even calling me foolish, ignorant, and beastly.

73 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. 15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. 21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

As verse 19 says, like in a whirlwind, in a moment their house of cards came crashing down on them and the whole bunch of them were ALL gone in a flash. I could have NEVER imagined what happened could have happened to completely rectify that situation, “In A MOMENT.” When it happened I kept thinking, “Wow, Psalm 73.”

God gave me a great hope and focus to hold on to until that “Moment” finally came. Whenever I began to get aggravated or despair at their shenanigans I’d remember those words, “Read Psalm 73” and this part of it,

23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

These 4 verses corrected my focus and my hope,

23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.      25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. 

Looking back now on those times and how I clung to my Heavenly Father to help me get through them I realize they were good for me. Only by going through the terrible times and seeing God show up to strengthen me and even at times speak to me, they have become “anchors” of my faith. Things I can look back to and see God’s Faithfulness then and say, “He’ll Do It Again.” Sometimes I don’t think about all the wonderful things God has done but instead remember how bad the hard times were and how desperately I needed Him and actually spoke to Him, “LORD, I Really Need YOU to help me get through this.” Then I think about how He did just that in a Really Real way.

With All My Heart, I Can Say, 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.   28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. 

Whatever you may be going through, seek Our Dear Heavenly Father for strength and focus until it too “Comes to Pass.” He is faithful and is very pleased with us when we look to Him for deliverance.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

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