Psalm 73: Interpretation of its words of confidence
As we approach our finitude, we realize how fragile we are and how much God remains faithful throughout our lives. In Psalm 73 we see that even if the time comes, those who have God in their hearts will always have Him by their side.
The words of confidence in Psalm 73
Read the Psalm carefully:
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
12 This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.
15 If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
Interpretation of Psalm 73
In order for you to better understand Psalm 73, our team has prepared a detailed interpretation of the verses.
Verses 1 to 8
Psalm 73 invites us to reflect on our lives, to review our attitudes and to conclude that God is always at our side. It is a recognition that our steps when far away from the Lord, His strength remains at our side.
Verses 9 to 20
In these verses, the psalmist addresses the behavior of the wicked, talks about how they reign on earth, but those who are with their heart anchored in God, have treasures in heaven.
Verses 21 to 28
In the verses are stressed the confidence that if we observe the laws of God and we persist in His ways, we will reach the glory at His side.
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