Typically, when we read about prosperity and blessings, we read about how those who follow the counsel, will and desire of a loving Heavenly Father receive promised riches. Not the kind that we would understand, however those of heavenly riches as well as riches to continue to bless and provide for those who are less fortunate than us. Christ, himself, taught that where your treasure is, your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). In addition, we read about how we are to seek after the Kingdom of Heaven (v. 33) instead of seeking after the riches of the world.
Today, we witness the great divide between those who are wealthy and those who are becoming more and more impoverish. The last few years, many have talked about the slow decay of America’s middle class where there used to be a healthy consumerism and prosperity. Yet, since the economic and financial collapse, many are acutely aware of a far more greater danger that is plaguing our society. The rich seems to keep getting richer and the poor seems to get even poorer. Politicians are living lavish lifestyles while most families in our wonderful country seem to be making sacrifices to go without. Some who are on welfare utilize their benefits to gain material possessions while others are unable to provide basic necessities in our world today – especially when it comes to the families that are in need of shelter, clothing, and other necessary provisions.
How is it that in our society today, there are those who thumb their noses at God and yet become prosperous and wealthy?
It is a question that I had not thought about until reading Psalm 73. In fact, it is by mere accident that I happened to read Psalm 73 because I spent some time cleaning and organizing my desk. A wallet size picture of the Resurrected Savior appearing to Mary at the tomb was found and I slipped it into the closed Bible that I had on my desk. After some time, I started putting together information for my talk that will be given this coming Sunday and I pulled the Bible down and opened to where the pass-a-long card was placed. I quickly read over the chapter heading and found myself reading the actual text – realizing that much of what this Psalm of David said resonates with what is going on in the world today, more specifically, the spiritual condition of American Society and how far off track most of the people have become.
God is good to Israel—The wicked and ungodly prosper in this world—They will be consumed with terrors hereafter—Those who trust in the Lord will be received up unto glory.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
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.