Patrick Tan ____________________________________ Scripture Text: Psalm 73 This Psalm was written by Asaph, a chief musician appointed by David

. He was also the author of several Psalms. He dealt with the question, Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous go unrewarded? He was bothered by 2 matters: 1. The prosperity of the godless (Ps 73:3-12) a. They enjoy health & wealth b. They have no worries or problems c. They are proud and cruel d. They have everything e. They are arrogant toward God and people 2. The pain of the godly (Ps 73:1-2, 13-16) a. He feels like he is about to fall of a cliff b. His life of purity seems unrewarded c. He is constantly plagued with problems In verse 17, he started to realize the answer to his question. He realized this while he was in the sanctuary spending time with God. 1. The wicked are on a slippery path to destruction (v. 18-19) 2. The present life of the wicked is but a dream (v.20). They will vanish from the earth when the Lord arises. In the last part of the psalm (v.21-28), Asaph acknowledges great truths about God: 1. God is guiding him (v. 21-24) 2. God is watching over him (v. 25-28) APPLICATION: In every Christian’s life, there comes a point wherein we wonder why nothing ever seems to go right. No matter how hard we try to solve our problems, another problem is already waiting to come through. And when we look at the people around us who are unbelievers, they seem to have no problems at all. If ever they do have problems, they seem to be able to solve them easily. In the case of students, most of the time they are the ones who are teased by their schoolmates because the more they try be nice to those who oppress them, the more they are tagged as “goody-twoshoes”. Another classic example: a Christian student refuses to share his answer to his seatmate so his classmate harbors bitter feelings against him. Questions: 1. Have you ever felt that being a Christian is unfair because you are “limited” on your actions? 2. Was there ever a time wherein you felt that it is unfair because unbelievers always seem to prosper and you are constantly plagued with problems? Asaph asked that question because he envied those who were godless yet prosperous in their lives. When Asaph went into the sanctuary, that’s when he realized that the wicked’s prosperity are just temporary. God showed him his greatness and he learned that God is always there for him, whatever hardships he is going through. He also realized that the riches of the earth is nothing compared to God. We need to spend time with God so that we will not be misled like Asaph. He envied the godless because everything seemed to go right for them. He forgot that God is greater than his troubles and if he will only cling to Him, he will be able to endure his problems triumphantly. We need the counsel and fellowship of other believers to encourage us when we are feeling down. We can be sure that they will give us advices that are in-line with God’s word. That is the purpose of our CARECELLS. We are here to encourage one another and to take care of each other, not only spiritually but in every aspect of our lives. We should always check up on our accountability partners to see if they are growing spiritually. The Beatitudes tells us that we are blessed when we are persecuted because of our faith because we are earning our rewards in heaven. What we are going through right now are just temporary. If we continue to trust in God inspite of all the hardships we are going

Patrick Tan through, we will be able to overcome our trials and we can use these experiences to encourage other believers who are going through the same obstacles that we had.

Memory verse: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

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