… When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
“Nevertheless” — as if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance that [Asaph] had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that [Asaph] 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, 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 sleeps but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in His hand — so that none will be able to pluck me out from it. Continually on His heart — worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the the twelve tribes upon His heart forever.
“You always think of me, O God. You are always making providence work for my good. You have set me as a signet upon Your arm. Your love is strong as death; many waters cannot quench it, neither can the floods drown it. You see me in Christ, and though in myself despised, You behold me as wearing Christ’s garments and washed in His blood; and thus I stand accepted in Your presence. I am thus continually in Your favor — ‘continually with You.'”