(28 verses, 2:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Asaph confesses his doubt and frustration as he looks around at the prosperity of the wicked and contemplates his own suffering. In the temple services he gets a new perspective on what happens in this life as he considers everything with an eternal perspective.
- Confession of almost apostatizing (1-3)
- The ease of the wicked in this life (4-12)
- Is faith in God pointless? (13-15)
- The turning point (16-17)
- The end of the wicked (18-22)
- His hope in this world and the world to come (23-26)
- Conclusion (27-28)
- This psalm, in many ways, is a summary of the struggles of the Book of Job.
- Asaph is frustrated, discouraged, and on the brink of abandoning the faith. He looks around and sees that the wicked seem to live lives of ease and wealth, while he trusts and God and suffers for it. Like so many Christians before and after him he is struggling with what he sees going on in the world around him. What’s the point in believing in God and serving Him, if he could live a life of sin and wickedness and be “blessed” with riches and an easy life?
- The turning point for Asaph is when he goes into the sanctuary of God and he realizes that while it may appear that the unbelievers have it easy, they will one day stand before the Lord on the Day of Judgment. On that day they will receive their punishment and they will suffer forever. This brought him back from the edge of the cliff – he was convicted by the Law of God concerning the fate of the wicked and his own fate should he abandon the fate..
- It is then too that he realized the blessing of the Gospel – to have God’s favor now and in eternity of forgiveness, life, and salvation is to have everything. It is to be truly blessed – no matter what is happening to you in this life.
- His flesh and his heart may fail (and indeed they had failed him!), but God is the strength of his heart and his portion forever. So that even in the midst of the prosperity of the wicked in this life and his own suffering he has learned what truly matters for him – both now and in the life to come.
- Does this psalm not resonate with you? How often have you looked around and been angry or frustrated or discouraged as those who reject and spurn Christ seem to profit from it? Think of Kermit Gosnell making millions from murdering babies! The examples are endless. This psalm gives voice to our own struggles and frustrations with how easy the wicked appear to have it in this life. And at the same time this psalm gives us the eternal perspective that we so desperately need.
- Merciful Father, we confess that we, like Asaph, often wonder what the point in believing in You and serving You is. We see the prosperity of the wicked and we doubt your goodness towards us. Forgive us, O Lord, and lift our eyes to the cross of our Lord Jesus where we see your love for us and what it means to be truly blessed. Amen.
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-Pastor Andrew Packer