“When my soul was embittered,
When I was pricked in heart,
I was stupid.
I was ignorant.
I was like a brute beast toward you.
Nevertheless I am continually with you.
You hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel.
Afterward you will receive me with honor.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
There is nothing on earth
That I desire other than you.
My flesh may fail.
My heart may fail.
But God is the strength of my heart.
God is my portion forever.”
This psalmist Asaph says that he was stupid and ignorant when he had these strange thoughts about the prosperous wicked people. He was acting like a brutal beast toward God. However, God led him by the hand and gave him counsel. God then honored him. There was no one else in heaven besides God who could help him. There was nothing on this earth that he desired. His heart and his flesh might fail, but God remained his strength and portion forever.