Psalm 73 is an awesome
chapter. It has affected me profoundly and I wanted to
share what I received from it. I believe what this man
went through is what we all go through as we watch the
“wicked” grow in prosperity, until we gain an understanding
through the Word of God of their plight.
The man begins by stating
in verse 1-3 “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as
are of a clean heart.
But as for
me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well-nigh
For I was
envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the
From verses 4 until 12 he is
giving his perception of the lifestyle of the wicked. He is
having a pity party as he watches the wicked grow in
He says he was on a slippery
slope and he was UNTIL he went into the sanctuary of God,
then he understood their end. We see from this chapter
that the wicked enjoy what they do. Pride is their
necklace, violence follows them wherever they go, they have
their heart’s desires, oppression of others doesn’t concern
them, they speak against the heavens and God in verse 11-12
saying “And they say, “How does God know? And is there
knowledge in the Most High.
Then in verses
I have [d]cleansed
my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all day long I have been plagued, and
chastened every morning.
[God always chastens His children, otherwise you are
considered a bastard.]
So due to his struggles (and we have our own) he started to
doubt God; he started to doubt if the trials and
tribulations were worth it as he watched the wicked grow in
prosperity. He was confused and not able to understand what
was going on according to verse 16: When I
thought how to understand this, It was [e]too
painful for me—
Now remember this is his perception, not God’s. He only
gains understanding when
he went into
the sanctuary of God, then he understood their end.
point on he receives the revelation necessary to gain a
better understanding of what’s going on in the world and
bring him out of his vexed mind. One encounter with God
changed his whole mindset. WE TOO HAVE THAT OPTION, THAT
WHEN WE ARE CONFUSED ABOUT AN ISSUE, WE CAN GO BEFORE GOD
AND ASK FOR REVELATION. In verses 18-20 we see that he
receives the revelation necessary to answer his questions,
but at the same time the answers cause his heart to be
grieved because now he sees how foolish and ignorant, he has
been and the best part is God had him all the time (see
verse 23). God never leaves us, usually it is us who leave
Him. And it touches my heart knowing that while in that
confused (vexed mind), God held onto Him. Praise the Lord.