Psalms 73-77 (The Daily Walk Bible).
The entire book of Proverbs reminds us of the benefits of living a godly life. It reminds us that when we live righteously we are much more likely to have blessed lives. The opposite is also true: when we live ungodly lives we are more likely to get into trouble!
Unfortunately sometimes we do what is right and we end up having difficulties, while we see others do what is wrong and they end up having wonderful lives. Prophets and philosophers have often wondered about this conundrum. Asaph does here, and we end up being reminded of an important truth: this life is not all that there is. Even if we see some people getting away with evil now it doesn’t mean that they are going to get off scot-free for all eternity.
Psalm 73:16-20 “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life.”
Which is why we can’t let some things in this world get us down. We will have our reward, and the wicked will be punished; we may just have to wait a little while. Asaph says it best:
Psalm 73:21-24 “When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”