Have you ever looked at other people and thought I think they are better then I am? Looked at unbelievers and thought why they are doing so well, and I am not? In our eyes that is kind of unfair. That is what is happening in this psalm 73:

Verse 1: Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.  But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

We see some unbeliever that makes all kinds of money, have a gorgeous house, lovely wife, his kids are strong and healthy… He has big car, garage, and even a boat. And he speaks like he owns the world.

And here I am Lord, a worshipper of God, I don’t even have a car and I use my small garage, with a struggle to keep all my things inside of it.

Verse 4: They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; by human ills.  Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence… their evil imaginations have no limits… with arrogance they threaten oppression.  Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 

David said: ‘When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply.’ I love what he says here, because he truly knew there was an answer to this.

And then…

Verse 17- Until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them.

They have no where to run. No one to whom they shall go. Unbelievers turn to other people in hard times, trying to find comfort. But there is no answers, there is nobody to turn to. Because all people will be gone tomorrow.

And this all is David now realizing, after he gets a prospective of the Lord.

Verse 23: Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Jesus said that even we die, we SHALL LIVE.

With Him. That is our final destiny.

 Amen

 

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