LIVING NEAR TO GOD OR TO THE WORLD
Jesse M. Hendley
In Psalm 73 the Psalmist has been considering the
prosperity of the wicked in contrast to the sufferings
of the godly. He was PERPLEXED about this great
question, about why the wicked prosper and the godly
suffer, "UNTIL (verse 17) I WENT INTO THE SANCTUARY OF
GOD. THEN UNDERSTOOD I THEIR END."
Now don't forget the END, my friends, when you are
considering the godly and the ungodly. God focuses
attention on the END. If when a person was tempted to
do a thing he would just consider the END, he would
jerk that temptation up by the roots rather than get
away from God, drift from God. Consider the END!
Nobody would begin to drink if they considered the end
of such a life.
The Psalmist considered the ungodly. "I went into the
sanctuary of God, into the temple, into the place
where the Truth is known, where God's Word is known.
Then I understood their end. Surely Thou hast set them
in slippery places!" Instead of his own feet slipping,
he agreed with God and saw the end of the ungodly and
said, "THEY are the ones who are in slippery places."
"Thou castedst them down into destruction. How they
are brought into desolation as in a moment! They are
utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one
awaketh, so, 0 Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt
despise their image. 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."
I was animalistic in not reasoning through to the END.
I was just looking at the present prosperity of the
ungodly and the sufferings of the godly, musing that
it doesn't pay to live for God. That's the way an
ANIMAL would reason. That is the way the godless
reason. They are like animals. They are not thinking
through. They are not considering the end.
Then the Psalmist thinks of himself. "Nevertheless I
am continually with Thee." He was continu ...
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