UNTIL

Here is another of those words that catch your attention in the context of Scripture. Moving through Psalm 73 you realize that what has been said in Psalm 1 about the “ungodly” is being contrasted with the godly.

In spite of all that has been recorded about her problems, Asaph is still able to say that God is “good to Israel”. Can we say less than that concerning the good old U.S.A.? I doubt it to be the case!

The Psalmist has been fraught with the feelings that he possesses about the ungodly and how it seems that they are not touched with the maladies that Israel has experienced. They have been arrogant, and yet prosperous. (v3, they seemed to be healthy, even up to death, and their bodies are fat. They appear to be without troubles from others and certainly they are not plagued with mankind. Pride is their necklace and a garment of violence covers them. Their eyes bulge from fatness. The imaginations of their heart run riot. They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; they speak from on high and set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue parades through the earth.

The thoughts are similar to those of ours about such people. We begin to wonder if God sees what is going on. Does He see? Does He have knowledge?

These are the wicked; they are always at ease and have increased their wealth. I have kept my heart pure, washed my hand in innocence; I have been stricken all day long and chastened every morning. I had come close to stumbling and almost slipped. I had become arrogant of the wicked. I came close to betraying the generation of Your children.

“UNTIL I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end. Surely YOU set them in slippery places. You cast them down to destruction.” (Psalm 73)

Having come to his senses, says: “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” (NASB)

You read the UNTIL? Take heart my friend! The end is in God’s hand! You need not SLIP!

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