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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 73:3, 16-17, 28

Psalm 73:3, 16-17, 28

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end…But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

English Standard Version (ESV)

Why do the wicked prosper? In the original Star Wars movies, it always seemed as though the evil Empire succeeded in their evil ways. They had an impressive fleet of Star Destroyers and a powerful space station that could systematically destroy planets at will. They possessed superior military strength and leadership. The galaxy feared the expansion and terror that the Empire brings. Resist the Empire, and you would pay dearly. By all accounts, they could thrive unchecked in their evil plan of galactic conquest. They were virtually unstoppable, until…

Although Asaph never saw Star Wars, the same question burns within him: Why do the wicked prosper? Asaph, a Levitical temple musician, watched in envy as god-haters grew fat, proud, insolent, and rich. . Asaph even wonders what good is it to follow God if godlessness is rewarded. He begins to envy their prosperity…that is, until he enters the sanctuary to worship. There he realizes his ignorance when his soul was embittered, and in God’s house he renews his confidence in the Lord. We’re often left to wonder why evil seems to succeed and immorality is championed. At times, we empathize with Asaph, envying the wicked and wondering whether our righteousness is in vain. But if we are in Christ, we are assured that even though evil runs rampant, a day is coming when it will be annihilated forever and the glory of God’s light will shine. On that day, “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Have no fear! Good wins….God wins…in the end!

Further Reading: Romans 1:16-32; Revelation 21:1-8

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, I place my complete faith and trust in You, and today I rest in the confident assurance that You have overcome the world. You have done great things for me, and I am filled with joy. In Your mighty name I pray, Amen.

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