Psalm 73 

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 slipped.  For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

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 prosperity.   

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

13-14 he states:    Surely 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.  From that 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.