Jan 3, 2021
Before we dive into our sermon proper today, let us first introduce the author of this Psalm. His name is Asaph and he is a LEVITE – an associate minister or assistant to the Priests.
Levites were likewise tasked to teach the Scriptures. He is likewise a choir leader. Consider also that 11 Psalms were attributed to him which means that God used him to write Scripture.
So, just with these four details, you would assume that he is a MATURE BELIEVER and I believe he was so.
But every believer, no matter how mature, do have their WEAK MOMENTS when they are most vulnerable. Asaph was in a season in his life when he was GRAPPLING with certain life issues, particularly the prosperity of the wicked.
This was something he could not reconcile with God initially. Eventually, light breaks into his darkened mind and he begins to understand things from God’s perspective. I am going to take you into his spiritual journey during this season in his life.
TEXT: Psalm 73
There are 3 main points and they are as follows:
I.THE UNCHANGEABLE TRUTH OF GOD’S COVENANT RELATIONSHIP (v. 1)
II.ASAPH’S ENIGMA OF THE WICKED’S PROSPERITY (vv. 2 – 16)
1.Asaph’s Personal Struggle
2.Asaph’s Specific Failures: vv. 13 – 16
III.Asaph’s Realizations: vv. 17 – 28
The root of Asaph’s problem was that he was COMPARING his life with that of others, specifically the wicked. When Jesus says, “Come follow Me”, it means that our gaze should be fixed on Christ alone. What God does with other people’s lives is none of our business. Our business is to FOLLOW HIM, period!