What does it say?
Asaph is given as the author of the three psalms in our reading today. Psalm 73 explores the common question as to why the wicked seem to prosper in this unjust world. The psalmist transparently confesses his problem with envy upon seeing the abundance possessed by the wicked and knowing that they are both evil and contemptuous of God.
Psalm 77 explores the way the psalmist deals with some terrible calamity that has gripped him. We don’t know if the situation is personal or national. Psalm 78 is an historical review that reflects on why God must have chosen the tribe of Judah over Ephraim as the royal line. You have been reading through the Bible long enough to recognize many of the historical references in this psalm.
What does it mean?
The question that dominates Psalm 73 is just as real and relevant today as it was 3,000 years ago. The key to understanding is verse 17, as the psalmist realizes that God’s judgment has not yet come but surely will.
Dealing with overwhelming circumstances is also a problem that knows no cultural, geographical or chronological limits. If you have time you can make a list of proper ways to respond to those moments in life when you feel overwhelmed.
Most of us will never have to deal with the issues of why we were or were not included in line for a monarchy, but we all struggle with the temptation to wonder why not me? This is somewhat similar to the question deal with in Psalm 73. A quick survey of this psalm could yield a bullet point list of why people with great potential never manage to realize it.
How will I respond?
If asked by a friend why it is that so many evil people seem to get away with their wicked deeds, how would I answer? How can I answer in a way that seems reasonable without seeming to preach or merely quote the Bible? There’s nothing with referring to the Bible, of course, but sometimes I tend to toss scripture around without putting it into proper context or seeming to understand exactly what the other person is saying. I will pray that God makes me a better communicator of his truth and able to express it ways common people can understand.