When You Can’t Think Straight…

When I thought how to understand this, it seems to me a wearisome talk. Psalm 73:16

Asaph is telling is, “I looked at the problems in my life, and I kept asking ‘why is this happening?’ My mind was running in circles. It was oppresive to me. I couldn’t break free!”

It is a terrible thing when your mind is confused. The second step in Asaph’s recovery is to straighten out the confused thinking that had reigned in his mind. How does this happen?

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his book Spiritual Depression points out that some Christians have one simple answer for everything: “Pray about it!” But it’s not easy to pray when your mind is confused. If you can’t think straight; you can’t pray straight!

Aspah tells us what turned his thinking around: “It seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God…” (Psalm 73:16-17). Asaph lived during the time of David, and the sanctuary was the place of worship at that time.

The sanctuary was the place where David had placed the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was a large wooden box that was carried on poles. And here’s the significant of the Ark: This was where God had said he would meet with his people.

Inside the box was a golden pot filled with manna, the stone tablets on which God had written the Ten Commandments, and Aaron’s rod that had budded. The Ark told the story of God’ provision, God’s promise, and God’s presence with his people through the centuries.

Asaph’s mind was full of unanswered questions. He needed to be straightened out by the truth. And that’s precisely what happened when he came into the sanctuary.

by Coin Smith, LIFE Keys: Unlocking the Bible

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