Psalm 73 Outline
– God is good to those who serve him sincerely (Psalm 73:1)
– The psalmist nearly backslide for envying the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 73:2-3)
– The psalmist complained to God about the wicked (Psalm 73:4-11)
– The wicked are always carefree and getting richer (Psalm 73:12)
– The psalmist complained why he is surrounded with problems when he has maintained his innocence (Psalm 73:13-14)
– The psalmist felt oppressed when perceiving the enemies is prospering but he know they will be punished ultimately (Psalm 73:15-17)
– The wicked will eventually be punished and destroyed by God (Psalm 73:18-20)
– The psalmist knew God is looking after him (Psalm 73:21-22)
– The psalmist knew God had been guiding him and he decided to make God his refuge (Psalm 73:23-26)
Psalm 73 Summary
In Psalm 73:1, God is surely good to the Israelites, who serve him with a sincere and fervent heart.
In Psalm 73:2-3, the psalmist almost backslide and lost his faith in God’s providence because he envied the arrogant when seeing how they prospered though they do not believe in God.
In Psalm 73:4-11, the psalmist complained to God that the wicked are always healthy and strong and free from the problems that are commonly faced by men. The wicked are proud, violent, callous, and evil in their minds without limit. The wicked scoff and speak and threaten people with their tongues and they don’t acknowledge God.
In Psalm 73:12, it seems that the wicked are always free of problems and becoming richer and richer.
In Psalm 73:13-14, the psalmist complained to God that he has kept his heart pure and stay innocent yet he felt as if God has punish him by putting all these problems in his life.
In Psalm 73:15-17, the psalmist felt oppressed when he perceived this, but he understood that the wicked will only prosper temporarily on earth. The wicked will eventually be punished in hell in the afterlife.
In Psalm 73:18-20, The wicked who disbelieve in God will eventually be cast down to ruin and destroyed, like someone who awake from a dream and found out that it is a fantasy.
In Psalm 73:21-22, the psalmist felt grieved and embittered and thought God had abandoned him. But the psalmist knew God had been looking after him.
In Psalm 73:23-26, the psalmist knew God had been guiding him with his counsel. He knew that he will enter the place of rest, heaven, after he die. He made up his mind to make God his strength and refuge.
In Psalm 73:27-28, those who are unfaithful and far from God will perish. But the psalmist has decided to be near God and make God his refuge. He wanted to proclaim and testify God’s works to others.
Psalm 73 Bible Study
1. Serve God sincerely with a fervent heart
God is good to those who serve him sincerely and fervently. If you serve God, God will make sure everything in your life run smoothly. We must not just serve God outwardly, but do it with enthusiastically, out of your love for God. In John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In Romans 12:11, not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. In Deuteronomy 13:4, you shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cleave unto him. In Galatians 5:13, for, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. In 1 Peter 4:10-11, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
In Joshua 22:5, but take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. In Romans 7:6, but now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.