Ps. 73:1-28; 75:1-77:20
NOTE: The following Psalms were written many years earlier by Asaph, one of King David’s chief musicians. However, they are inserted in our journey at this point because of the command of Hezekiah for the words of Asaph to be sung at the restoration of the temple of God (II Chron. 29:30).
Rain falls upon the good and the evil. God’s other enormous blessings are enjoyed also by both the good and the evil. The Psalmist, Asaph acknowledged that God had been good to Israel, but at some point in time, he had observed what seemed to be an abundance of blessings upon the evildoers. In his mind, that seemed to be unfair and that his righteous life of obedience was unrewarded. However, he kept his thoughts to himself instead of causing doubts among the faithful. When the poet went into the sanctuary, the answers came to him. He realized that this world’s riches are only temporary. The wicked will be destroyed. It is good to draw near to God and to put one’s trust in Him.
The psalmist was in extremely deep anguish as he had cried out to God. His troubles prevented him from sleeping at night and had left him speechless. One sometimes questions the Lord during those times of despair. Asaph remembered the blessings of deliverance from Egypt and raised a series of pointed questions regarding God’s continued presence and care. He concluded that God’s power and mercy in the past will deliver him from his troubles of the present.
The psalmist approached God with thanksgiving for His many blessings. Since the Lord looks with disdain upon the proud and boastful, they were admonished to refrain from their acts of pride. In due time, God’s judgment will be pronounced upon the earth with each person receiving his just reward or punishment. The wicked will be brought down while the righteous will be exalted.
God desires to hear our songs of praise and thanksgiving. The psalmist cited various occasions in which the Lord had protected His people from their oppressors. As the psalm concluded, man was urged to keep his vows and to give praise and fear to the Lord God.