Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 73

From ‘How?’ To ‘Whom?’

(So we begin a new section of the Psalms – Book 3, and the next 11 Psalms are all Psalms of Asaph)

A statement of faith v1
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

A confusion of mind v2-9
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked … they are corrupt … they set their mouth against the heavens …

A question of doubt v10-16
Therefore his people … say “How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most high?” …
Behold the wicked prosper … Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain … For all the day long have I been plagued …

The place of answer v17
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;

A view of eternity v17-20
then understood I their end … thou castest them down into destruction … they are utterly consumed with terrors …

A confession of heart v21,22
Thus my heart was grieved … so foolish was I, and ignorant: i was a beast before thee.

A question of certainty v23-26
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? … God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

A declaration of faith v27,28
… It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

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If you do not have that certainty of an eternal future with God in glory, and the certainty of God’s presence with you today, then know you can have such a certainty because of the work of Christ upon the cross; his death for sins, and glorious resurrection.

Make the Psalmists declaration of faith your own, and say “I have put my trust in the Lord GOD”.

Believe on the Lord a Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Acts 16:31

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