• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 26, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 70-73

Psalm 73:2

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

It is a short distance from verse 1 of Psalm 73 and verse 2. Verse 1 states: Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. Verse 2…But as for me my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. From the boldest of bold statements filled with promise, confidence, and hope, to the confused and unsure place of falling. This is where many live today. “I know that God is good to so and so.” “But as for me, He is not so good.” “After all, so and so has a clean heart that is why God is so good to them.” What caused this one in Psalm 73 to slip into such despair?

Their eye! Yeah, their eyes were on the foolish, the wicked. Verse 3 proves this; For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. From verse 3 unto verse 16 this person unloads on all that they saw. The ease of the wicked, that they are not troubled, they are so prosperous that their eyes stand out with fatness, on and on. By reading these 13 verses it is clear that the psalmist has studied the wicked quite closely. At one point he wrote: Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. (vs. 13). But wait…didn’t this person say in verse 1 that God is good to such as are of a clean heart. If this person cleansed their heart, their heart was clean, meaning that God was good to them. But they could not see God’s goodness because their eyes were on the wicked.

Fortunately, this person did not stay in this sorry state. They went to church! Yeah, verse 17: Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Well, the sanctuary was not a church so to speak in the Old Testament, but the church is its likeness in the New Testament. When a person goes to church, hears the songs of praise, participates in the prayers of the saints, listens attentively to the message, follows along while the Word of God is read, is encouraged by other believers, and spends some time at the altar during the time of invitation, their entire perspective changes. Their eyes are drawn from looking at the wicked to seeing Him who is perfect. He is the great God of Divine Justice as the Psalm communicates in its conclusion.

Wherein this psalm opens with the goodness of God it ends with the good acts of drawing near to God, trusting in Him, and declaring all His works. This psalm is a wonderful journey from being brought low to being lifted up high. It’s the eyes that make the difference, on whom are they focused, the wicked or the Lord?

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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