Parkerville Baptist Church
Asaph’s Complaint and Spiritual Journey – Psalm 73
Rod Entwistle will be speaking about Psalm 73.
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  • Parkerville Baptist Church
    910 Seaborne St, Parkerville WA 6081, Australia
    Sunday 9:30 AM
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• Has the nature and experience of man changed?
• Consider Asaph’s Psalm 73.
• Psalms – more than just hymns and poetry.
• Compare Ps 37.
v1. “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.”
The conclusion.
v2. “But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.”
He almost come a cropper.
v13. “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.”
A God-fearing man.

v14. “All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.”
Troubled times and he’s stewing about it.
v3-12. “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.”
The apparent problem: the success of the ungodly.
v13-14. “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.”
Bewildered; it’s often where we end up.
Envious of the wicked!
- Almost slipped - but catches himself.
- Thinks.
- Grabs onto what he knows.
v15. “If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.”
‭‭His constraint – a responsibility to fellow believers.
v16. “When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply”
‭‭Latch onto the certain and wait patiently on God.
v17. “till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”

“Entered the sanctuary of God”
- A change.
- A new dimension added to his thinking.
- The spiritual dimension.
- The three means of grace.
v18-20. “Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.”
Temporary prosperity ends in ruin.
v21-22. “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.”
His sorrow, grief, reflection, repentance.
v23-24. “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
His true status before God.
- God is holding my right hand.
- Now knows his true destiny.
v25-26. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Worship and praise.
v27-28. “Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
Clearly knows his fate and his refuge.
Follow Psalm 73’s lead back to God.


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