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Psalm 73 by Alexander Maclaren

Psalm 73 by Alexander Maclaren

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I Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart ;

I Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart ;

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 20, 2013
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PSALM 73 BY ALEXADER MACLAREPSALM LXXIIII Surely God is good to Israel,To those who are pure in heart ;3 But I — within a little of turning aside were my fee^All but slipping were my steps.3 For I was envious of the foolish,When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.4 For they have no bonds [dragging them] to death,And their body is lusty.5 In the trouble belonging to frail mortals they have no part,And [in common] with men they are not smitten.6 Therefore pride is their necklace;Violenpe covers them as a robe.7 Out of fat their eye flashes ;The imaginations of their heart overflow.8 They mock and speak wickedly of oppression,[As] from on high they speak.9 They set in the heavens their mouth,And their tongue stalks on the earth.io Therefore he turns his people thither,And waters of abundance are drunk up by them.I I And they say, How does God know ?And is there knowledge in the Most High ?
12 Behold ! these are wicked,And, prosperous for ever, they have increased their wealth.13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,And in ipnocency have washed my hands.14 Yet have I been smitten all J:he day,And my correction [came] every morning.15 If I had said, I will speak thus,Behold, I should have been unfaithful to the generation of Thychildren.33.1334 THE PSALMS16 When I gave thought in order to understand thi%It was too difficult in my eyes — 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God,And gave heed to their end.18 Surely in slippery places Thou dost set them)Thou castest them down to ruins.19 How are they become a desolation in a moment^Are ended, consumed with terrors I20 Like a dream on awaking,So Lord, on [Thy] arousing, Thou wilt despise their shadow}form.Si For my heart was growing bitter,
And I was pricked [in] my reins.22 And I, I was brutish and ignorant,A [very] beast was I before Thee.23 And yet I, I am continually with Thee ;Thou hast grasped [me] by my right hand.24 In Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me,And afterwards to glory wilt " take " me.25 Whom have I in heaven ?And, possessing Thee, I have no delight on earth.26 [Though] my flesh and my heart fail,The rock of my heart and my portion is God for ever.27 For, behold, they that are far from Thee shall perish ;Thou hast destroyed every one that goes whoring from Thee.28 But I, I — to draw near to God is good to me ;I have made in the Lord Jehovah my refuge,That I may recount all Thy works.THE perennial problem of reconciling God's moralgovernment with observed facts is grappled within this psalm, as in Psalms xxxvii. and xlix. It tellshow the prosperity of the godless, in apparent flatcontradiction of Divine promises, had all but swept thepsalmist from his faith, and how he was led, throughdoubt and struggle, to closer communion with God,in which he learned, not only the evanescence of theexternal well-being which had so perplexed him, butIxxHL] THE PSALMS 335

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