Thoughts on Psalm 73. I have a lot of thoughts on these passages. Lots of convictions and realizations. I did end up stopping because I could have gone on and on.
1 Truly God is good to Israel,
to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don’t have troubles like other people;
they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything
their hearts could ever wish for!
I struggle with this. In some past posts, I have talked about my struggle. The wants versus needs aspect of life. Sitting back and watching the richer get rich while we struggle from paycheck to paycheck. It is hard. I get jealous.
It doesn’t make it right and I know that that is a sinful thing to say, but I’m at least being honest. Currently, I am driving a van with all the paint peeling off the front. As I was driving down the road, a piece of my van (the window part) flew off. There are random beeping sounds. I have one door that doesn’t lock.
Then our truck has some issue with the a/c and how it works but not how it is supposed to work. All air comes out of the defrost function. The car has had brake issues that have cost a pretty penny that we don’t necessarily need to spend.
I would love to be able to just have the freedom of money to go and buy something nice. Then, as things are needed, have the money to fix those things. I would like my kids to have something safe to drive in, but we do what we can.
Yet, all vehicles get us from point A to point B. Sometimes, we’ve been wild and gone from point A to point C without many issues. See, the above, I think as a need but honestly, it is a want. All our cars are paid off and that is a blessing. They still run. That is a blessing.
I could honestly go on and on and on about seeing people get what they want when they want it…maybe I should shut my pie hole.
8 They scoff and speak only evil;
in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens,
and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,
drinking in all their words.
11 “What does God know?” they ask.
“Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12 Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
Do you ever read the paper? Watch the news? Go outside of your house? I swear, there are many days when I feel verse 11 deeply. Like “Do you even know what is going the heck on?” Lord…if you do, then DO SOMETHING.
It isn’t just about the rich getting richer. It is the hate, violence, destruction, maliciousness, and so on. I know He sees. honestly, I have read the last page of the Book and I know we win in the end. Still, it is hard to see all the hate in this country.
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas
as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Understanding means the mental process of a person who comprehends. I have a hard time understanding things. Yet, I have to trust that God knows what He is doing. My job is just to walk the path that He has for me. Instead, lots of times, I am not watching the Lamp unto my feet but the path of another. That’s where jealousy can consume me. I pray that my bitter heart is replaced with joy. Joy and knowledge that my needs are completely met.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Though I can be a jealous human, I still love God. I know that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Thankfully, He loves me in those jealous moments. He still holds me high in His right hand. I still have a place waiting for me at His feet.