Psalms 73: Eternal Justice
Psalms 73 is very reflective of the world we live in today. One of the biggest complaints that people have with our current economic system is the fact that there is a huge divide between the incredibly wealthy and the incredibly poor. If you read this chapter though, you’ll find that this problem is nothing new. There has always been some type of inequality, and sometimes, the people who seem to be doing really well are doing it in the wrong way.
Psa 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psa 73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
Psa 73:5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
It seemed kind of backwards. The wicked people were the ones who were getting rich, and you would expect it to be the other way around. We are trying so hard to follow God and do what is right that we should be the ones who get rewarded. They just continue doing bad things, and it feels as if they are getting some kind of benefit for their behavior.
Psa 73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
Psa 73:13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
Wait a minute. Asaph, the writer of this Psalm, seems like that he suddenly had a revelation. He suddenly realized that whatever these wealthy people had was confined to the earth, and he had something much better.
Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Psa 73:28 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.
Now, let’s put it all back together. It feels unfair that the wealthy people are wealthy despite the fact that they are wicked. It seems more fair for those who do good and follow God to be rewarded for that. However, there is more to reality than money here on earth. Like Asaph says, God will be our portion forever. There is eternity to consider, so even if it may seem like that the world is what it ought to be, remember the other promises that we do have from God. This world is not the end of it, and ultimately God is a God of justice. The wicked might prosper for a short time, but it is not going to end well for them.