Psalm 73 chronicles the amazing journey of someone who almost walked away from God when he became envious of the prosperity of the wicked (vrs. 2-3). It seemed so unfair; the wicked seemed to have everything and he had nothing after cleansing himself from wicked ways (vrs 13). The key verses are Psalms 73:16-17: “When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me— Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” His perception completely changed after beholding the truth. He realizes how wrong he had been and says in Psalms 73:22, “I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.” He realizes the wicked will one day meet destruction, but he will be received into glory (vrs. 24). He changes his focus of success from having material wealth to having God in his life; He only desired God in the earth from then on (vrs. 25).
Psalms 78:5-6 says, “For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children.”
To be successful, we must equip the next generation in a way that they will equip the next after them. We must give the younger generation EVERYTHING God has for them, not just some simple Bible stories.
Psalms 78:32 says, “In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works.” What is the reason for sin? Unbelief. People too often refuse to believe what does not seem convenient to them at the time. But Psalms 78:34-35 says, “When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.” When their disobedience became enjoyable and fearful, they “REMEMBERED that God was their rock.” We see that their lack of memory was a choice.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan