As I read Psalm 73 I can’t help but consider how many times I’ve been here—how many times have I “almost slipped” as “my feet almost slid out from under me” (NET, 73:2). Psalm 73 paints a relatable picture that, if we’re honest, strikes many of our hearts.
It’s hard in today’s world to refrain from being envious of successful non-Christians. We see super-stars and billionaires all across the internet, tv, and the various assortment of media outlets to which we are all so well connected. I mean, how many of us have seen Shark Tank and thought about how much our church would benefit if we had that one idea that was worth millions? If those shmucks can hit pay-dirt, why can’t I? I’m positive I could maintain solid Christian character and own a Bentley.
Instead, we must consider that our lack of wealth or worldly status is perhaps in God’s grace; he simply hasn’t given us enough rope in life to hang ourselves with. That’s not to say that there are no solid Christian men and women who are wealthy; poverty does not equal godliness. It’s simply that when any of us—rich or poor—find our hearts longing for the life or possessions of sinful people, when we cry out with the Psalmist, “Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle,” then warning sirens should blaze in our ears.
In those moments, we must realize we’ve lost perspective. When we enter into God’s presence we realize “the destiny of the wicked” (73:17). Many Psalms, especially verses 18–20, point to the fact that the pleasures of wickedness are as fleeting as a dream after one has awoken. Sin cannot last into eternity, and will ultimately cease to satisfy. However, the joy of the Lord will never cease to amaze, sustain, and enliven from now unto eternity. The eternal perspective is what we should maintain.
God is so gracious and kind in our weakness. It would benefit all of us today to take five minutes and memorize verse 26: That “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (NIV). Sin is alluring, but ultimately fleeting. May God grant us the wisdom to maintain perspective.
In the comments, tell us of one invention that you’ve seen that you said, “I should have thought of that!” And, how God spoke to you through this passage. My wife and I talk often of how we should have thought of the Wubanub, sticking a stuffed animal to a pacifier, brilliant— we’ve gone through 4!
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate