Morning devotion: Read Psalm 73

Psalms 73:1  ¶<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11  And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

Never question the value of your salvation and holiness with the Lord. All over the world, men, wicked men, prosper. The elite of society prosper and hold God in contempt.

Asaph was almost drawn away with envy at their foolish prosperity. He was almost taken in by their opulence. When he saw that they were not afraid of death and they stood firm in their riches, he was nearly taken in. When he saw that they did not struggle with daily sustenance such as food and clothing and housing, he was nearly ensnared. They had everything they could ever want and that easily obtained.

Asaph saw the pride and the violence that enveloped them and their obstinance against God. He could see their corrupt speech making laws of oppression against the Christian and it nearly caused him to switch sides. He saw their arrogance in giving the poor the dregs of their cup, the leftovers were wrung out to the poor as one would wring out a cloth.

Asaph saw the ungodly and wicked ones operating in wickedness believing in themselves that God does not know or care. “And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?”

Verse 13 says, “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency” Asaph was nearly taken with envy and thought that maybe this salvation thing was not all that it is cracked up to be. He thought that maybe the Christian life was not as good as the wicked life.

He thought of all this until he considered their end. I challenge you to read Luke12:15-21

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook