Psalm 73: Prosperity of the Wicked

If God is good to his people, why do those with impure motives prosper?

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Psalm 73:1 A song of Asaph.
Without a doubt, God is good to his people, to those with pure motives.
King James
Psalm 73:1 <A Psalm of Asaph.> Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

What are the most common things that cause people to slip?

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Psalm 73:2 But my feet slipped. I almost stumbled and fell from the path I should walk.
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Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

Why might Christians envy the prosperity of the wicked?

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Psalm 73:3–4 When I saw the prosperity of the wicked and heard their foolish boasting, I wished I could be like them.
They seem never to have problems, and everything was going their way.
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Psalm 73:3–4 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

Why do the wicked prosper while so many righteous people are suffering?

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Psalm 73:5–7 Troubles and tragedies don’t plague them like other people. They wear pride like a gold chain around their necks, and cruelty is a fashionable, comfortable garment. In their abundant riches, they boast of having more than they had ever imagined.
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Psalm 73:5–7 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

What motivates wicked people to scoff and demonize the righteous?

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Psalm 73:8 They proudly scoff and demonize the righteous.
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Psalm 73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Upon what foundation do atheists base their code of ethics and political correctness?

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Psalm 73:9 Speaking against God above, they create their own order of free speech and political correctness on Earth.
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Psalm 73:9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

How can God’s people, who have tasted of the good things to come, abandon their faith and return to their old, sinful ways?

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Psalm 73:10–13 That’s why God’s people return to wickedness and enjoy drinking from its waters. They say, “How can God know? He’s too far above to care.” That’s the way the wicked are, prospering in the world and always seeking more.
What have I gained by keeping my heart pure and refusing to do anything wrong?
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Psalm 73:10–13 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

What prevents righteous people from acting like the unrighteous?

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Psalm 73:14–15 Every morning, I am rebuked. I suffer throughout the day. If I were to speak as they do, I would be a traitor to God’s people.
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Psalm 73:14–15 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

Why are God’s ways difficult to understand? How can we understand?

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Psalm 73:16–17 I had a migraine trying to understand all this, but then I entered your presence and saw their future, which I hadn’t seen before.
Isaiah 55:9 As the stars are so distant from Earth, so are my thoughts and methods far above yours.
John 16:13 But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own authority but will say only what he hears. He will reveal to you things to come.
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Psalm 73:16–17 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

How does the path of the righteous differ from the unrighteous?

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Psalm 73:18–20 You gave them a path strewn with banana peels, and they are just a step away from slipping into destruction. Suddenly they will meet a terrifying end where all they had will be gone. Like awakening from a bad dream, Lord, you won’t see their wickedness, because they won’t be there anymore.
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Psalm 73:18–20 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

What is the cure for spiritual blindness?

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Psalm 73:21–23 Then I was grieved, in deep sorrow for what I had not seen earlier. How foolish I was, with no more intelligence than an animal as I failed to recognize you.
Despite my temporary insanity, I’m with you, walking with you, thankful that you hold my hand.
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Psalm 73:21–23 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Why do Christians sometimes fail to follow God’s direction?

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Psalm 73:24 Show me the way I should go, and then you will receive me with honor.
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Psalm 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

How does our relationship with God affect our relationships with others?

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Psalm 73:25 Who do I want besides you? In the skies above and the earth below, your presence with me is more important than anything else.
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Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

How can people who don’t know Christ have any confidence that they will live forever? Why?

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Psalm 73:26 My body will grow old and my heart will quit beating, but you, God, are the strength of my life that will continue forever.
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Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

How can a loving God destroy unfaithful people?

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Psalm 73:27 Those who are far from you will vanish, for you will destroy the unfaithful people who have forsaken you.
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Psalm 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

What kinds of stories best reveal how wonderful God is?

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Psalm 73:28 Moving closer to you, Lord God, is always beneficial. You keep me safe, so I have many stories to show how wonderful you are.
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Psalm 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.