GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND FAITHFUL.

 

 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.  Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceit of their minds no limits.  They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.  Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.  Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”  This is what the wicked are like- always free of care, they increase in wealth.  Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued, I have been punished every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children.  When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.  Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.  How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!  As a dream when one awakes; so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.  But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. – PSALM 73.

This psalm deals with a disturbing problem. Although God is sovereign (He has absolute power and authority to do as He desires) and His justice is complete, still wicked people often prosper while those who serve God seem to suffer more. The psalmist, who serves God faithfully, has become discouraged as he compares his troubles with the ease and happiness of many who reject and disobey God. However, his confidence in God is renewed when God reveals the tragic destiny of the wicked and the true reward of those who remain faithful to God.

DESTINY OF THE WICKED.

  1. This revelation helps the psalmist view his problems in a more balanced way. He realizes that he and other godly people will enjoy the best for eternity, but they also have the greatest benefit in the present life as well. They have access to God’s power and presence. In the end, everything will be made right. All God’s people will be victorious with him, while the wicked will perish.
  2. Considering how short life is, if we evaluate things simply from our limited, earthly, human perspective, we will almost certainly become discouraged. We must depend on God’s Word and His Holy Spirit in order to complete our life’s journey with faith and confidence in God’s goodness and justice.

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5

God’s foundational promise to Joshua – “I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” – is the same promise God gives to all of His followers as they go through the struggles of life walking by faith. God’s constant presence is now a reality through His Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8.

The New Testament applies this promise to all who sincerely receive Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Believers are assured that if they love God above all else and depend on Him rather than on material security, the Lord will never desert nor forsake them. He will be their helper.

Because of this promise, we must “be strong and courageous”, persevering in trials, resisting temptations, trusting in the Lord and fully obeying Him.

 

THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR – MHB 525

1 Through the love of God our Saviour,

All will be well;

Free and changeless is His favour,

All, all is well:

Precious is the blood that healed us;

Perfect is the grace that sealed us;

Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;

All must be well.

 

2 Though we pass through tribulation,

All will be well;

Christ hath purchased full salvation,

All, all is well:

Happy still in God confiding;

Fruitful, if in Christ abiding;

Holy, through the Spirit’s guiding;

All must be well.

 

3 We expect a bright tomorrow;

All will be well;

Faith can sing through days of sorrow,

All, all is well:

On our Father’s love relying,

Jesus every need supplying,

Then in living or in dying,

All must be well.

Mary Peters, 1813-1856

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