I. Introduction: Psalms 39:1-5
A. Unless Jesus comes first (Mark 13:31-37), death is a certainty (Psalms 89:48).
- We know that we have NO control over time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:1-12).
- But our focus is not on that certainty (I Corinthians 15:22-23).
- Living with hope (I John 3:1-3).
- Not with carnal fear (I John 4:17-18).
- Consider why not living in carnal fear is so important (Revelation 2:10; 21:8).
II. Body: At The End Of A Psalm Wherein The Psalmist Realized Not To Envy The Wicked That Carnally Prospered (Psalms 73:2-3), Think On What Was Said (Psalms 73:24-28).
A. This Psalmist came to realize his envying of the prosperity of the wicked wasn’t good (Psalms 73:13-23).
- No matter the amount of their wealth, the wicked perish (Psalms 37:16-20).
- The counsel of the Lord is to invest in true wealth (Revelation 3:14-19).
- The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalms 37:23).
- His counsel stands (Proverbs 19:21).
- It comes down to understanding what information saves us (Romans 1:16-17).
- Living so that when Christ returns, we’ll be ready in confidence (I John 2:28-29).
- Even of old, trusting in God made the faithful unmovable (Psalms 125:1-2).
- Not looking for Him to provide earthly things, but things eternal (John 12:25).
III. Conclusion: The Psalmist had to weigh the prosperity of the wicked to come to a realization that He needed to draw near to God (cf. Proverbs 21:12; Proverbs 11:3-5). Look at the craziness in our world right now and realize whom we need to stay close to.
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