Episode 193: Real faith is always worth the fight!

May 27, 2024Dave Lambert
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Have you ever struggled with doubt? Of course—we all have. You may not have doubted that God existed, but you doubted that He would come through for you. Modern-day Christians are not the only ones who have struggled with their faith. The Bible is filled with people who were on the road from doubt to faith. Asaph was one. He was a very significant person in Scripture. He wrote the music for many of David’s psalms and wrote twelve of the psalms himself. In fact, Asaph wrote more of the Bible than Peter, James, Jude, Joel, Micah, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Nahum or Haggai! Asaph was the worship leader for David in the Tent of Meeting and he also led worship in Solomon’s Temple. His brother Zechariah assisted him in the administration of temple worship. His father Berekiah was the Keeper of the Ark of the Covenant and David eventually put Asaph in charge of worship before the Ark. Then David’s son Solomon rose to power. David had pointed to Solomon’s reign as Messianic and Asaph was ready! Solomon started well but eventually began to succumb to the lures of power, money, idolatry and sex. Neither Asaph nor his brother Zechariah would keep quiet about it and Zechariah was assassinated in the Temple by Solomon’s agents. Eventually Solomon died. Now, an old man, Asaph could look back on his journey. The kingdom had been torn in two, the Temple was in ruins, his brother was dead, and the “Messianic” hope had fallen apart. If anyone had opportunity to be disillusioned, it was Asaph. Over the next several devotions. we’ll spend time considering Asaph’s faith journey for lessons we can apply today. Let’s begin with Psalm 73:1-3:

Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.

Starting in verse 1, Asaph gives us his Statement of Faith: “Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.” Asaph had been through a lot, and like us, struggled with his faith. In verses 2 and 3 he says, “But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” Asaph was honest before God and before all of the people who heard his psalm. It’s like he was saying, “I know that God is a good God…but right now I’m really struggling with my doubts.” Wow! This is so helpful! Even though Asaph was the worship leader, he’s admitting he struggles with doubt. Then he tells us why: envy. “For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.”

We’ll learn more about Asaph’s struggles in our next devotion, but for today, I want to encourage you to hang in there. If you’re struggling with staying faithful as you see others prosper, take a lesson from Asaph today…keep fighting. Real faith is always worth the fight!

© 2024 Dave Lambert