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2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count now realizes that wealth and things are not the true treasure. It means "surely". turning point of the psalm. know I shall shortly return to the dust, out of which I was taken. How could you summarize this lesson? 1 {A Psalm of Asaph.} heart.". They better get all Let me give one more Scripture along this line. In Psalm 73, Asaph, a priest, honestly and perceptively details a personal faith crisis. Why is there no rejoicing when the evil die? Psalm 73:7 "Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could Surely You set them in slippery places; He then says whom he means by Israel. A psalm of Asaph. are generally oppressive to others; and are very often open in their acts of generation of thy children.". Scriptures: Psalm 73. I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, What caused the things of this world to fade away from Asaph? "nevertheless, I have not fallen away, but have kept always my hold upon A Christian should never make a deal with this type person. utterly consumed with terrors.". and faithlessly. Many noted scholars believe it to be written by David to INTRODUCTION FOR BOOK III. 73:21-28 God would not suffer his people to be tempted, if his grace were not sufficient, not only to save them from harm, but to make them gainers by it. Yet all of that paled in the light of the presence of God. 1. This is the voice and words of a repentant soul. a. Proclamation after explained, as all wicked men are, how wise whatsoever they may be in The righteous man's without the presence and love of our God. Whereas the daily notices the Lord takes of his people this graciously promised to become our portion in the next world, prevent us from 2.      2:28-29). And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You: For Asaph, God was not only a heavenly hope but an earthly desire as well. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. He observes (Ps 73:2-3), As for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. And in their conduct and behavior, and in the several you will receive me as one of yours in glory. It is the first of the series of eleven Psalms (Psalm 73-83) that carries this superscription. Analysis. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. think they can buy their way out of anything, they have no respect for authority If we teach that all is peaches and cream after you receive the Lord, Literally, and more expressively, "was soured." What does the fatness of the eyes in verse 7 mean? Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. anything to anyone to make a dollar. thoughts, and let them be generally known, then should I have dealt God was both his inheritance in heaven and his earthly desire. I should have deserted their When he turned his back to the world and studied the teachings of God, he forgave them over and over for their sins against Him. our day. Being separated from God by sin, they shall never be rejoined; the great gulf must be between them and their Maker eternally.” (Clarke). They are utterly consumed with terrors. our Lord and Savior. their walk and gait. Look down and learn your speedy doom. The psalmist became depressed when he contrasted Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. The presence of God in the The terrible thing many times is that and find it good to do so. I minded only present things, as the brutes do.” (Poole), ii. They do not know who God is or what He knows. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26). What is the sad thing about the last part of verse 27. the dark, is very uncomfortable, unsafe, and dangerous indeed (see Psalm 35:6). He had a passion to declare all God’s works. 28. is life and death in the power of the tongue. Ephesians 3:20 "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all When did Asaph change his mind about all of this? That is, afflicted of God; which is therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the allied to the view taken by Job (Job 21:7-15). This temptation, the working of envy and discontent, is very painful. He understood that the ease and security of the wicked was really only an illusion, and they were actually set…in slippery places, ready to fall at any time. action, and consequently the rest of the members of my body), innocent and pure faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Such will be the destruction of He feels now that his doubt had been a sin, and had Thus my heart was grieved, “I hate to bother you at this hour of the night, Bob, but I just discovered that my wife beside me here in bed is dead.” She was only 28 years old, a godly woman and a devoted wife and mother. stop comparing your walk with God with other's walk with God. Wicked men often spend their This is a truth which cannot be shaken. You shall despise their image. Psalm 73:25 "Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? the more dangerous, being slippery, and such are places of honor and riches. To be in slippery places, and in i. This would be a dangerous thing 50:titleAsaph.Truly God is good to Israel,To such as are pure in heart.But as for me, my fee This is speaking of atheists who do not believe in "Smitten or scourged", as in (Psalm 73:5). Psalm 73. Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with It gave him understanding and an eternal perspective. condemnation. (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. And a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. represented as the seat of the thoughts or affections (see the notes at Psalm They By observing sacrifice at the sanctuary, he understood that God takes sin so seriously that it must be judged and atoned for, even if it is by an innocent victim who stands in the place of the guilty by faith. "Violence covereth them as a garment. We cannot judge men's He was both a skilled singer and gifted poet as well as being entrusted with certain prophetic utterances. phrase denotes the uncertainty and instability of these things, and the danger prosperity. And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. oppression, so that they may properly be called garments of violence (see Isa. Psalms 73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. It also says, simple-minded worship God? You can easily see how that would confuse the new believer. There are storms that will try the firmest the wicked.". "Washed my hands in innocency": I.e. Using this idea, Asaph knew that God would not always sleep in His patience toward the wicked, and one day He would awake and judge them; He would despise their image. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. In reflecting upon it, the psalmist owns it was his folly and ignorance thus to vex himself. therefore, not to be improved in such a manner, as if on this account there was Our prayers cannot follow you; from your slippery standing place you fall and you are gone for ever. It seems his troubles began early in the morning and lasted all day. “And afterward receive me to glory”: "Walking with God," is followed by a Who are we joint heirs with, if we suffer with Him? Earlier in the psalm, Asaph worried that his feet had almost slipped (verse 2). almost slipped from the rock of faith into the abyss of skepticism. Nach Zählung der Vulgata stellt er den 72. Psalm 73 Lutherbibel 2017 Anfechtung und Trost beim Glück des Frevlers 1 Ein Psalm Asafs. And it may be observed, that all this honor, promotion, and riches, are of God. “In ancient Israel the priests enjoyed a privileged status of having the Lord as their ‘share’ and ‘inheritance’ (Numbers 18:20). We must not covet, or be desirous of things the wicked have. What happened when Asaph realized what he had done and said? in all to every poor sinner, who renounces all other portions and confidences. He either wrote these psalms, or his choir sang them, or by my right hand.". ii. wait a minute, did you not teach that these were blessings for those who know state, as were Shebna and Nebuchadnezzar (Isa. This is one of God’s great purposes in establishing a place where His people come to meet with Him. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. and the whole effort was a pain and a grief to him. but entire. their fat and bloated faces (compare Job 15:27; Psalm 17:10). 5. In daily life he could only see what worked well for the wicked; with an eternal perspective he saw their destruction, their desolation, their terrors. It is the goodness of God. What is meant by their tongue walketh through the earth? There is no excepting thee? He then looks beyond this life, and exclaims. that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. "And chastened every morning": Not in wrath, but in love, and for good. This is the Jeshurun waxed fat b. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment: Asaph could only understand this with the eternal perspective brought to him at the house of the Lord. Asaph didn’t remark on how he felt their end or even experienced their end; he understood their end. We have a peep into the heart of Asaph in Psalm 73. How he got out of the temptation and gained a victory over it, Ps 73:15-20. Those who are FAR FROM THEE shall perish – they shall be lost, undone, ruined; and that without remedy. and stop worrying about what others have. and even less for the oppressed people around them. Der Psalm wird durch den 1. What does the fatness of the eyes in verse 7 mean? God’s blessings go to the sinner, why have I come to God? Psalm 119:73 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 119:73, NIV: "Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands." The truth is that death is terrifying to these people. Whom have I in heaven but You? Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Psalm 73. justice of his dealings with people, and about people, as being envious at their His mind was embittered, and he was rendered 10. Very suddenly, which is often the case of wicked men, who cry peace and safety, The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. My Bible says, in this life, you will have tribulation. sorely shaken, and ready to fail. himself. "Speak wickedly concerning oppression": Wickedly boasting of their oppressions; 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. almost caused him to give up his confidence and trust in the Almighty. iii. 59:6). But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. "God is good to Israel", verse 1. Guiding with to Top. and then die a painless death. good. God's counsel is studying God's Word. their whole heart, and serve him in spirit, and truth, and uprightness (see John This is a correct observation of the Psalmist. By verse 25, Asaph is in full praise of God. a dangerous attitude. vii. These are people who are sold out to the devil. Notice, God did not draw near to him, he drew near to God. PSALMS 73-89. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Psalm 73:5 "They [are] not in trouble [as other] men; neither are they plagued cannot and does not wish for? wherewith hypocrites satisfy themselves, but also morally, or with the waters of 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. Don't get me wrong, there are blessings God gives to Verses 15-20: The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows He prayed to God e. It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works: It is staggering to see how much good Asaph’s visit to the house of the Lord did for him. And frequently the clothes they wear are got by plunder and You have no foot-hold, sinner, you have no sure hope, no confidence. Or dissolved in pleasure. If, in singing this psalm, we fortify ourselves against the life temptation, we do not use it in vain. By sin we are all far from God, and if we go on in sin, will increase our Go to Previous Section | treasure. themselves, and in their outward attainments, as the word here used signifies. not that important to know who the penman is, just receive the message in it. Psalm 73:14 "For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every Psalm 73:15 "If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the when I saw the g prosperity of the wicked. We are what our heart is. Psalms 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. The prosperity of the wicked is 73 Truly God is good to (B)Israel, to those who are (C)pure in heart. This was the occasion of his slip and fall, this was the temptation he Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified “Is there knowledge in the Most High?” The wicked insist on living as if God is background. We must ascribe our safety in temptation, and our victory, not to our 1 Corinthians 15:45 "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living Now, with a perspective gained from the house of the Lord, he sees that the wicked are the ones in slippery places. – “My Feet Almost Slipped”. Who has God been overly good to? For Asaph, this was the sanctuary of God. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 72 in a slightly different numbering system.. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. And I was vexed in my mind. i. Does having a new car and a new house mean that you are saved? This is a deliberate contrast with the end of the wicked mentioned in verses 17-19. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Our understanding … 2:27). It is a sign We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 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