21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was stupid and ignorant;
I was like a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with your counsel,
and afterwards you receive me with glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:21-26)
It is easy, when we feel beleaguered, to think that others have it better, or that our fate is particularly cruel. The writer of Psalm 73 sees the “baddies”; everything seems to go well for them! That’s why he, or she, is embittered. What about me, Lord? Do I not count?
But our Lord does see. In fact, he is right beside us. He holds our hand in the storm, he guides us if only we would listen to him, and he will receive us in his house at the end of our days, having walked with us all the way. Sometimes it is hard to remember, but God really is the strength of our hearts, in bad days as in good. You just have to remember to look up and notice. He is always with us.