Psalm 73 – The Tragedy of the Wicked, and the blessedness of Trust in God

Published May 3, 2023 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Dear Reader,

What do you do when others, who are godless, excel beyond your capabilities? Asaph examines the question at Psalm 73.

1 Truly God is good to Israel,
To such as are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
My steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

On the one hand,

12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who are always at ease;
They increase in riches.

But on the other hand,

19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.

In this, Asaph has understood that in all things, God is Lord. And that it is better to call upon Him, rather than wonder why others, who do not call upon Him, excel. God knows their end. He knows yours as well.

21 Thus my heart was grieved,
And I was vexed in my mind.
22 was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.

Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

You are great and greatly to be praised. Please help me not to dwell upon the perceived riches of this godless world, but upon the eternal riches won for me in Jesus Christ. All things truly are in Your hands. By the Holy Spirit, work a saving patience in me to wait upon You. In Jesus name, Amen.

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