TOPIC: No Escape! (DCLM Daily Manna 31 July 2021)
TEXT: Psalms 73:1-28
1 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.
15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
KEY VERSE: “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places, thou castedst them down into destruction.” – (Psalm 73:16-18)
One of the pillars of God’s righteousness is sowing and reaping. This means that there is a pay day for every work (Jeremiah 17:10).
The righteous are often perplexed at the prosperity of the wicked who apparently “are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain…” (Verses 5,6). Because the wealth of the unrighteous appears so inviting such that the righteous may even at times consider the possibility of trading places with the wicked, the psalmist saw this as being “too painful until [he] went into the sanctuary of God; then understood [he] their end” (verses 16,17).
However, very transient is the wealth of the wicked. ‘Surely thou didst set them up in slippery places, thou castedst them down into destruction’. God does not approve of any ill-gotten wealth and all forms of wealth acquired through ungodly means.
Obviously, the Psalmist, like many Christians today, misunderstood the concept of the prosperity of the wicked. He wondered at their seeming peace and pleasure. Of course, all men suffer at the hand of Satan because “the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:9b). The reason they appear peaceful is, one, they know how to boast and pretend as if they are not in trouble. Two, God gives them long time to repent but eventually judgment will come. No matter what he seems to enjoy today, the end of an unbeliever is bitter except he repents.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Don’t envy the sinner because his end will be bitter.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Timothy 1-6
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.