Psalm seventy-three was written by Asaph, from the tribe of Levi. (Levi was the tribe King David set aside as the worship leaders for God’s chosen people.) In this Psalm we read about the struggles Asaph had in understanding the unfairness he witnessed in life. The rich and the proud were prospering despite their wickedness; they enjoyed their extravagant life-style while their riches continued to multiply. They lived what he called “painless lives, their bodies healthy and strong” and were not “plagued with problems like everyone else.”
Asaph was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in this Psalm, but he was also expressing his personal feelings from a firsthand experience. In verse two, he says, “I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” You can hear the despair in his voice as he penned these words.
There are times when we feel like that. Whether it be the loss of a job, illness or just the endless battles of everyday life, when calamity persists we come close to giving up. At times it appears that bad people are winning and the good are suffering. But we can look back at Psalm 73:2 and thank God that the key word in that verse is “almost.” Asaph didn’t slip and quit; He just almost did.
God Opens Our Eyes
Even though Asaph felt discouraged, he knew where to go to find answers to his questions. He went to the sanctuary to seek understanding. God opened his eyes and he realized that his heart was bitter, and he was torn up inside. Isn’t that exactly how we feel when we see these same things happening in our lives? Like Asaph, we need to run to the Lord in prayer and seek solace in His Word.
No matter how upset we get about the bad things or how unfair life may seem at times, we can rest assured that God has the answers. We can be confident that God is not angered by our questions. Asaph confessed to God saying, “I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.” Then he uses one of those words that contrasts our actions with what we know God wants of us.. “YET,” he says, “I still belong to you; You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destination.”
As believers we have the assurance that God is with us now and guiding us towards our eternity with Him. The rich and proud may prosper in this life, but their destiny is anything but glorious. If they do not know Jesus, love Him and trust in Him as the Son of God, their reward is only in the here and now. Ours is now and forever more.