Nevertheless I am continually with Thee. — Psalm 73:23
by C.H. Spurgeon
"NEVERTHELESS" — AS if,
notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just
been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it 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 estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature,
yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings "nevertheless I am
continually with Thee."
Believer, you are forced 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!" By
this is meant continually upon His mind, He is always thinking of me for
my good. Continually before His eye;—the eye of the Lord never
sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in
His hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on
His heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the
names of the twelve tribes upon his heart for ever. Thou always thinkest
of me, O God. The bowels of Thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou
art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a
signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot
quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace!
me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, Thou beholdest me as
wearing Christ's garments, and washed in His blood, and thus I stand
accepted in Thy presence. I am thus continually in Thy favor — "continually with Thee." Here is comfort for the tried and
afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within—look at the calm without.
"Nevertheless" — O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives.
"Nevertheless I am continually with Thee."