April 26, 2017. Psalms 73, 77, 78.
Have you ever thought that life was unfair, mostly to you? That is what the psalimst is strugglng with in his prayer to God.
Psalm 73.2-3 But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
He is being adversly affected by the fact that he is serving God and people who’s heart are not right toward God seem to have no trouble in life, get all the breaks and in fact have the things that he thought should be his as a reward for serving God. He questions if serving the Lord has any reward at all.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?14 I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
He is hurt, confused, angry and feeling some what betrayed by God. Ever feel that way? I have. This is why the Psalms are so good to read and pray, they are the struggles of God’s people verbalized to God. This is real soul struggle. God understands our souls better than we do and is wanting to give us wisdom, insight and healing. It is only when we allow God to speak to us and illuminate our souls with the light of His counsel that will we begin to find health for our soulls.
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
Not only will we find insight for living through some of life’s most difficult and painful challanges but we will understand what life does to our souls when left on our own with our complaints and anger.
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Life can do some damage to your soul. Bitterness and anger are two of our greatest enemies that rob us of joy, peace and confidence in God. We become as the psalmist says a “senseless animal”.
Our heavenly father loves us even when we think He or life is treating us unfairly and we are mad at Him becasue of our ignorance. He has a glorious life for us. Bring your complaints, bitterness, pain, ingornance and anger to God. Only He can heal you, give you insight to your soul and restore your joy.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. 26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.