Are you weary?
Does your life seem to be getting harder?
Do you see all these people who look like they get to live it up while your burdens grow greater and greater?
This is the psalm for you....
|1||Truly God is good to Israel,|
|2||But as for me, my feet were almost gone;|
|3||For I was envious at the foolish,|
Despair in this world and envy of the wicked can be a snare to catch the Christian. It is a dangerous one. I have struggled with it at times. This world is getting tougher and tougher, people crushed by endless bills that never seem to end, a world that seems to be growing colder, tougher, meaner and scarier. I have felt a change in the last few years, where the demands, expectations and conformity of society seem higher and higher. Add in feeling like in this world you'll never measure up and it can bring one too quickly into the wrong spiritual thoughts.
This psalm warns of those who will "slip" or have their feet gone and/or slipped, from the envy of the wicked. The warnings about the prosperity of the wicked hit home for me. Our household as I have admitted before is of humble means [God has blessed me with computer access] but seems to teeter on the edge never ending. A few years of this is one thing but multiple years of it wears one down like a grindstone. For the poor the judgments and demands can be never ending too. Remember the biblical warnings about the saints being worn out.
I had the thought the other day, while we think we could all measure up to the big stuff, the grand moments of tests for God--such as potential martyrship and more, to be honest there exists the grindstone of life to wear away too like Chinese water-torture. How does one cope? Many a Christian probably has thought, "Look at those other [lost] people, they have more than their heart could wish!"
|5||They are not in trouble as other men;|
|6||Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;|
|7||Their eyes stand out with fatness:|
The line "They are not in trouble as other men" describes life on this earth. The sharks of our society seem to swim with a straight line with ease as the regular fish are scattered and bobbing and weaving to survive. We see the wicked who are proud and who inside violence lies against their enemies. Here is a truth, the ungodly do often prosper in this world. They can buy more pleasures, opportunities and what this world has to offer. This does not mean every wealthy or upper class person is wicked, there are rich Christians, but wickedness in our society often times will be used to bring prosperity.
One thing I struggle with as a Christian is anger at the wicked. Some is righteous anger, but I think of wicked people in my personal life who caused me intense hardships. Many of you may relate. One danger however is seeing them live in prosperity while you suffer poverty or other hardships. This opens the door right for ENVY of the wicked and their prosperity. In the face of this one can enter dangerous thought patterns and territory that will take one further away from God. The psalmist warns us how this was painful for him. Sin always brings misery.
|16||When I thought to know this,|
|17||until I went into the sanctuary of God;|
He retreats to the "sanctuary" of God where he is reminded of God's promises and the ENDING of the wicked and their final destiny. Why envy people [unless they are saved and then repent] who are on their way to hell? "I understood their end" says it all. Where will they end up? This life is short term and nothing compared to eternity. Are our thoughts with God for eternity or stuck in this life and it's troubles? We must ponder our end in this world and where we will be.
One thing here the world will do a number on people's minds too with the "succeed" formulas and the rest. The measuring sticks of the world often will knock a good Christian about as one as judged on career, money, status and popularity. The wicked will demand that you measure up, and that all your choices are wrong and reflect badly on you as a person. Satan is a accuser of the brethren and so are many of his workers. The false churches will tell you that world prosperity is a FRUIT that makes you a good person.
Perhaps you have been like me, looking down on yourself thinking "Why don't I have my life together?" Be careful where that one can go. Test yourself to make sure it is not sin derailing your life and being out of God's will but also remember God has promised to meet a Christian's needs but this doesn't mean escaping suffering in this world. In American society especially goodness and wealth are intertwined into a toxic stew. Poor equals bad. This is not true in God's eyes.
We are reminded of our relationship with God and that is the most important and our dependence on Him. God shall guide us and keep us no matter what. We are to put our trust in Him. We are not to forget Him as this life on this earth batters us about. God is to be our all. Draw near to Him. The things of this world are temporary. To me where it says God literally holds my hand [and that of other Christians too] is a very beautiful part.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.