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When the wicked prosper
WHEN THE WICKED PROSPER
But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were
slipping and I was almost gone.

For I was envious of the prosperity of the proud and wicked.

Yes, all through life their road is smooth! They grow sleek and fat.

They aren't always in trouble and plagued with problems like
everyone else, so their pride sparkles like a jeweled necklace, and their
clothing is woven of cruelty!

These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!

They scoff at God and threaten his people. How proudly they speak!

They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut
through the earth.

And so God's people are dismayed and confused, and drink it
all in.

``Does God realize what is going on?'' they ask.

``Look at these men of arrogance; they never have to lift a
finger--theirs is a life of ease; and all the time
their riches multiply.''

Have I been wasting my time? Why take the trouble to be pure?

All I get out of it is trouble and woe--every day and all day long!

If I had really said that, I would have been a traitor to your people.

Yet it is so hard to explain it--this prosperity of those who hate
the Lord.

Then one day I went into God's sanctuary to meditate, and
thought about the future of these evil men.

What a slippery path they are on--suddenly God will send them
sliding over the edge of the cliff and down to their destruction:
an instant end to all their happiness, an eternity of terror.

Their present life is only a dream! They will awaken to the truth
as one awakens from a dream of things that never really were!

When I saw this, what turmoil filled my heart!

I saw myself so stupid and so ignorant; I must seem like an
animal to you, O God.

But even so, you love me! You are holding my right hand!

You will keep on guiding me all my life with your wisdom
and counsel; and afterwards receive me into the glories of heaven!

Whom have I in heaven but you? And I desire no one on earth
as much as you!

My health fails; my spirits droop, yet God remains! He is the
strength of my heart; he is mine forever!

But those refusing to worship God will perish, for he destroys
those serving other gods.

But as for me, I get as close to him as I can! I have chosen him and I
will tell everyone about the wonderful ways he rescues me.


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