I don’t know about you, but to watch the increased ungodly behavior of society, especially toward children, is very distressing. To know the goal of the world leaders is to kill unborn babies and to move to killing babies up to delivery and right after delivery, well there are no words really. To know that the elderly are on their list of those they want to get rid of makes you think, am I next. The world has become a society of death while living in fear and searching for a way of peace and safety but at the same time promoting violence. The persecution of believers is on the rise every time I write one of these. It can cause some to say, Where is God? What is He waiting for? I am slowly losing hope God will come and make this right. Psalm 73 addresses this very issue.
Asaph wrote this Psalm because he was witnessing evil people prosper. They were full of pride and yet they were not suffering. They were strong and their lives seemed to be without problems or troubles. They were not ashamed of what they were doing, they loved money, and had no interest in self-control. They would make fun of people and brag about hurting people. They would say they owned the earth (Psalme 73:1-9). Their attitude was,
Psalm 73:11 KJV And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
What this truly shows us is that people do not have the capacity to change on their own. Yes, we have more technology and things that make life easier but as far as the heart goes, no one is able to change their evil and sick heart. It is the same saying today, “no one will know” and that includes God. What was Asaph’s attitude toward all the ungodliness he saw,
Psalm 73:16 KJV When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
This is to hard to watch. I don’t think I can see one more innocent child being exposed to such evil behavior. I don’t think I can listen to one more person brag about their evil behavior. I tried to understand, I tried to stay strong in my faith, I tried to keep believing God is good but I had just reached that point where I was falling, UNTIL.
Psalm 73:17-20 KJV 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.
I came into the presence of God and got to the root of the matter. I then understood it was God who is in control of all things and He is not shocked by their behavior, He has a plan for their behavior. This means things are not as they seem.
How Do They Seem Then?
Psalm 73:25 KJV 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.
Asaph then knew how deceived they really are by thinking they are in control. They have no idea God is sovereign over all including Satan and them. Asaph knew no one mattered but God, so he moved his vision from earth to heaven. When his vision moved to heaven his desire for earthly things was removed. God became his all in all.
Let us come to the place where we know this world is dying and society will be judged when they least expect it. God is good, just, and holy and He will judge the works of people based on His character. Like Asaph, know it is good to be near to God Who is our protector, our Rock, our shelter, and the faithful keeper of our soul. It will be trusting in God that is going to get us through the days ahead. Trials are for our faith like weights are for our muscles, to grow us into spiritually mature believers.
Colossians 3:1 KJV If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
This fallen world is being who it is, sinful. Thank God, through Jesus Christ, this world is not our home and we have a glorious future forever with our risen Savior.