You see, there was a time when I envied arrogant men and thought,
“The wicked look pretty happy to me.”
For they seem to live carefree lives, free of suffering; their bodies are strong and healthy.
They don’t know trouble as we do; they are not plagued with problems as the rest of us are.
They’ve got pearls of pride strung around their necks; they clothe their bodies with violence.
They have so much more than enough. Their eyes bulge because they are so fat with possessions.
They have more than their hearts could have ever imagined.
They even mock God as if He were not above; their arrogant tongues boast throughout the earth;
they feel invincible.
Even God’s people turn and are carried away by them; they watch and listen, yet find no fault in them.
You will hear them say, “How can the True God possibly know anyway?
He’s not even here.
So how can the Most High have any knowledge of what happens here? ”
Trying to solve this mystery on my own exhausted me; I couldn’t bear to look at it any further.
So I took my questions to the True God, and in His sanctuary I realized something so chilling and final: their lives have a deadly end.
Because You have certainly set the wicked upon a slippery slope,
You’ve set them up to slide to their destruction. And they won’t see it coming. It will happen so fast: first, a flash of terror, and then desolation. It is like a dream from which someone awakes.
You will wake up, Lord, and loathe what has become of them. –
My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever..
But look at this: You are still holding my right hand;
You have been all along.Even though I was angry and hard-hearted,
You gave me good advice; when it’s all over,
You will receive me into Your glory.
For all my wanting, I don’t have anyone but You in heaven.
There is nothing on earth that I desire other than You. – Psalm 73:23-25
I felt this morning that there might be someone other than me that needed to be reminded that God always repays and is always faithful…
The Voice Translation-A Psalm of Asaph: Psalm 73