Asaph built a legacy. His legacy, and ours if we accept the challenge, is rooted in Asaph’s final 6 confessions.
1. The Confession of Presence (v. 23)
Asaph says, I am continually with You. But that’s not enough. When he says, You have taken hold of my right hand, he is confessing God’s presence with him. Presence is mutual: I am with You, You are with me.
God’s Word was Asaph’s guide. He didn’t view it as good suggestions. The Word guided him because he obeyed it. And obedience to the Word has a future reward. The wicked get their reward here and now. Asaph’s reward was later, eternal, and worth waiting for.
3. Confession of Desire (v. 25)
The Greatest Commandment is to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s instructional to note that Asaph did not say, What have I in heaven but You? Asaph’s first thought wasn’t about golden streets, emerald crowns, or palaces of ivory. Whom have I…? He desired the Lord. That desire gave him perspective about the things of earth, I desire nothing on earth. In comparison to God, nothing here is noteworthy.
4. Confession of Inheritance (v. 26)
Asaph acknowledged human frailty. We will die. My heart and my flesh may fail, BUT God…. Two magnificent words! God is greater than our frailties. He is Conqueror over death. And He is the portion (inheritance) of all who believe. Ephesians 1 says believers are Christ’s inheritance. It also says He is our inheritance. In the Old Testament (Numbers 18), God does not allow the priests to have an inheritance in the land. HE is their portion, their inheritance. It is the same for those mentioned in I Peter 2:9, You are a chosen generation, and royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
5. Confession of Judgment (v. 27)
God will judge sin and sinners. It will be in His time and His way, but it will happen.
Ever notice how easily grandparents talk about grandchildren? What we love just leaks out of us. The nearness of God is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge. What happens after that? I will tell of all Your works!
Asaph’s love leaked out him! Are you leaking?