Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thoughts about Psalm 73

Have you ever read Psalm 73?  Go read it and then come back.  I'll wait.

It starts out with the writer talking about God being good, but how he almost missed God's goodness because he was watching the rich and their success - the arrogance and flashiness of the people around him

The Message puts it this way:

What’s going on here? Is God out to lunch?
Nobody’s tending the store.
The wicked get by with everything;
they have it made, piling up riches.
I’ve been stupid to play by the rules;
what has it gotten me?
A long run of bad luck, that’s what—
a slap in the face every time I walk out the door.

Couple of things:
  1. First, one can admire the psalmist for writing what he feels - what he thinks. This is an honest complaint to God, and we should all be that authentic in our prayers.
  2. Is this "prosperity gospel"? Is this one person expecting treasurers on earth for faith?

I just thought it was an interesting Psalm to read and think about.

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