June 15, 2022
Psalm 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
· When we face things we don’t understand, we should cling to what we do understand. We understand that God is good at all times, and in all circumstances.
Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
· All believers face times of doubt. The faithfulness of God is what keeps us from slipping off the edge into unbelief.
Psalm 73:3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
· We stumble and get discouraged when we take our eyes off of God and compare ourselves with other people.
Psalm 73:4-12 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” 12 This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
· We can be completely honest with God about our doubts and discouragements.
Psalm 73:13-14 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NLT) Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Psalm 73:15 If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.
· As believers, our words carry weight, and influence other people – either positively or negatively.
Psalm 73:16 When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply
· Corrie Ten Boom: “If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.”
Psalm 73:17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
· Instead of going public with our struggles and doubts, we should first go to God to gain an eternal perspective.
Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. 19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! 20 They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
· For believers, this world is as bad as it will ever be. For unbelievers, this world is as good as it will ever be.
Psalm 73:21-26 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. 23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 16;11b (NKJV) In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 73:27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
· The future destruction of unbelievers should motivate us to do all we can to win them to Christ
Psalm 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
· Best advice ever; stay close to God
· When facing a crisis of faith:
· Cling to the goodness of God
· Seek the Lord, and gain an eternal perspective
· Stay close to God at all timesCall or text YES to 321.574.6970 if you have chosen to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.