Reflecting on Psalm 73

I read an article this morning that struck more than a few chords with me. One of the main things that the article did was spark my memory of how I use to be, and I use to be one of the millions that would have completely approved of the conduct of Beyonce and, even participated in such conduct. Here is the link to the article I read-

When I examine my past the old memories bring much shame. When I finally hit my bottom, I turned to God and he didn’t let me down. I never dwell on my past, I know I’m forgiven and I love who I am now and who God is still shaping me into. I love my life now more than I ever loved my past and my sinful choices.

I know this is a lengthy article. I hope readers will take the time to read this Psalm and ask yourself which category would you fit in from the Psalmist description. If you get a chance go to the link and read the other article too. As you read, prayerfully examine your life and remember this from Proverbs—

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:23-27

Ps 73:1-74:1 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.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”

This is what the wicked are like — always carefree, they increase in wealth.

Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak thus, “I would have betrayed your children. When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till 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! As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

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.

Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 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.

2 comments for “Reflecting on Psalm 73

  1. Karla Frick
    February 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Janice, thank you for the article. We as Christians need a reminder of what is evil. I am ashamed to say that as I watched Beyonce, I was not as offended as I should have been. It seems I have fallen to the problem of being desensitized.
    Forgive me Lord God!

    • February 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Karla, It’s easy to get caught up in being ‘desensitized’. I believe that’s why God gave us so many reminders; “take heed, be careful, keep your eyes fixed, guard your heart, think on these things, the fruits of the Spirit”, etc, etc. There are so many warnings. We (I) must always stay in the Word to keep these things in my heart. I truly want to please God and live the way he wants me too. I didn’t see her, but we don’t like football, if we did, I probably would have saw the commercial.

      Thanks for sharing!

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