Morning, July 29, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Nevertheless I am continually with you.” — Psalm 73:23

“Nevertheless,” … As if leaving aside all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, it was not one atom less true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God’s presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost condition, and of the deceitfulness and depravity of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings “nevertheless I am continually with you.” Believer, when you are compelled to enter into Asaph’s confession and acknowledgment, endeavor in like spirit to say “nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!” This means I am continually upon his mind, he is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye; the eye of the Lord never sleeps, but is eternally watching over my welfare. Continually in his hand, so that nothing shall be able to pluck me from it. Continually on his heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart forever. You always think of me, O God. The innermost parts of your love continually yearn towards me. You are always making your divine intervention work for my good. You have set me as a token, a seal upon your arm; your love is strong as death, great waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! You see me in Christ, and though I loathed myself, you viewed me as wearing Christ’s garments, and washed in his blood, and accordingly I stand accepted in your presence. I am therefore continually in your favor–“continually with you.” Here is comfort for the taxed and distressed soul: when vexed with the storm inside–look at the calm outside. “Nevertheless”–Oh say it in your heart, and take the peace it gives. “Nevertheless I am continually with you.”