Read: Psalm 73
During the Civil War in America, one of the advisors of President Lincoln said that he was grateful that God was on the side of the Union. Lincoln immediately replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side, my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” I believe it is a great challenge for us who assume that God is there to support our plans in life, our decisions, our desires, and our perspectives. Lincoln’s reply reminds us that even our best plans may not be on the lines of God’s desires and plans.
The psalmist wants to be on God’s side when he pleads, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23-24). In our passage for today, Asaph sees the prosperity of the wicked and his own suffering, and he complained of life’s unfairness. But when he was reminded of God’s presence, providence, and provision in his life (Ps. 73:23-26) and also the punishment awaiting the wicked (vv.18-19,27), he reaffirmed his trust in God and drew near to Him. He says, “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 Your works” (Ps. 73:28).
If we have this perspective, we can be sure that we are on His side, as His Holy Spirit helps us to measure every thought and action by His ways which are always right. Let us ask ourselves, “Are we on the Lord’s side?” What is being on His side? It means that we will reflect His love to the world around us in the way we deal and interact with others. We will forgive others even when we are wronged unjustly, we will treat others justly, we will seek peace at any cost. Remember, God’s ways are always the best.