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IN ALL THINGS HE IS ENOUGH (PSALM 73)


Psalm 73 is so applicable in our day, when we look at what is going on around us in the world, where right is wrong, wrong is right, moral is evil, evil is moral, the truth is a lie, and the lie is the truth, law keepers are regarded as evil and law breakers rewarded. This cuts so close to life in a WOKE world, and it seems that God is not noticing, and that evil is rewarded, and righteousness punished. So, let’s have a heart to heart on this subject today. There is not time for us to deal with it in the greatest depth.

 

This Psalm is written poetically and is written by a Psalmist who is real with God in his conversation. Schematically we can draw the poem in a circle made of three arcs of personal experience. It deals throughout with doubt and faith. Asaph is identified with the twelve Psalms and is said to be the son of Berechiah who is said to be an ancestor of the Asaphites. The Asaphites were one of the guilds of musicians in the First Temple.

 

The circle begins and ends with a personal conclusion for community consumption.

 

1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.


  1. THE FIRST ARC IS A DESCENDING ARC OF GROWING CONSTERNATION.

    In verses 2-14 the Psalmist’s faith is going down the hill at high speed.

    1.1 His admission of envy. (verses 2 – 3)

 

2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.


1.2 His justification with evidences. (verses 4-14)



A) His initial perspective of these evidences (verses 4-5)

4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. 5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.


B) His substantive presentation of these evidences. (verses 6-11)


6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. 7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. 8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. 9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. 10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. 11 And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”


C) His culminating perspective of these evidences. (verses 12-14)

12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. 13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.


2. THE SECOND ARC IS A BRIDGING ARC OF GROWING CONTEMPLATION AND GRACIOUS CONFRONTATION. (Verses 15-17)


The Psalmists faith was turning around slowly.


15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.


3. THE THIRD ARC IS AN ASCENDING ARC OF GROWING CONFIDENCE.


The Psalmists faith was advancing steadily. (Verses 17-28)


3.1 His confidence began to grow as he gained insight into the true existence and the end of the wicked. (Verses 17b-20)


17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. 18 Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. 19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! 20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.


3.2 His confidence mounted as he understood more about his own relationship with the Lord. (verses 21-26)


(His past blindness) 21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

(His present and future blessings because of it). 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


(His confidence reached its ultimate goal as he reflected on the existence of both the wicked and the righteous. Verses 27-28)


27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.


Now we can complete the circle and go back to verse 1.


1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church - 26 September 2021