Getting Back on Your Feet
Open your Bibles to the Old Testament to the book of Psalms. I want to read some verses from one of my favorites, Psalm 73.
One of the delightful things about the Psalms, and I think one of the things that has made this book such a favorite of God's people through the years is that these are personal records of men in their struggle, men in their search, and mean in their problems and victories. Reading the book of Psalms is sort of like looking over the shoulder of a man as he writes his daily record in his diary. They are very personal, very intimate, very real and very honest. I think probably one of the things that modern Christianity needs above everything else is to be stripped from its superficiality and shallowness and to be open and honest. This is true of the book of Psalms. I'm not going to read the entire Psalm because of the time element, but we are going to pick out some selections, enough for you to get the drift of what this author is speaking of. I am reading from the New American Standard Version.
SURELY GOD is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling;
My steps had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant,
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death;
And their body is fat.
They are not in trouble as other men;
Nor are they plagued like mankind.
(Let's skip down to verse 10.)
Therefore, his people return to this place:
and waters of abundance are drunk by them.
And they say, "How does God know?
And is there knowledge with the Most High?"
Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure,
And washed my hands in innocence;
For I have been stricken all day long,
And chastened every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus,"
Behold, I should have betrayed the generation of Thy children.
When I po ...
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