The Weariness of Holiness. “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task” (Ps. 73:16, ESV). The noun, “wearisome task” here is just one word, amal, “toil, labour” (BDB). Asaph says that when he tried to understand the problem, it was tiring, wearying, and exhausting. Just like the Aramaic class. After 2½ hours of reading and translating Daniel 3:1-10 in Aramaic, I got so tired mentally and physically. Sam, my classmate, who was good in Hebrew, lay down on the sofa and rested. It was a tiresome task.
The verb, “thought,” indicates an intense action. (Piel stem) Asaph was thinking intensely, deeply, and strongly. Yet the more he thought about it, the more tiring it became. You see, if your thoughts are detached from the Word of God, those thoughts won’t bless you. But if your thoughts are based on faith in God and His Word, then those thoughts will do you a lot of good. Paul talks about “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5, NKJV). Our thoughts should be shaped by the Word—not by the “word of faith” which some prosperity word-of-faith preachers teach—but by the written Word of God which gives us faith. It should be held captive to obeying Christ.
The problem with Asaph is that his thoughts and analysis of the problem were detached from God and His Word. They were skewed. And so it has become a tiring exercise.
But the good news is that one day, God brought Asaph into a spiritual realization in his journey back to faith in God.