But as for me, it is good to be near God.
In 2020, in a matter of weeks, the dreaded COVID-19 virus turned our world upside down. Everyone was walking around, not talking to each other. The streets were silent. There was no eye contact. It was a very strange, eerie feeling. People were urged to keep safe distances from each other month after month, for their own protection and for the protection of others.
Social distance is a good thing when it is necessary for human safety. However, this “distancing” principle does not apply in our relationship with God. Spiritual distance is not good.
The writer of Psalm 73 wisely concluded, “But as for me, it is good to be near God” (v 28). But there can be days and seasons when God seems far off? Things do not add up; life does not make sense. Confusion reigns in our lives, and we cry out, “God, where are you? Have you forgotten about me?”
Then we come to our senses. Sometimes it is in the context of worship (v 16–17) or through reading Scripture or through the encouragement of friends. Our hearts become sensitive again; prayers begin to rise from within (v 23–25). Our sight becomes clear and once again we recognise that “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (v 26). Even in the difficulties of life, we can be assured of God’s presence and draw close to Him
Dear Lord God, Keep me close to You. In Jesus name. Amen.