April 2nd, 2014 | By admin
By Katt Anderson
Psalm13:1-9 reads like this:” Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
5 They are not in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
7 Their eye bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
8 They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
9 They have set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue]parades through the earth.”
This psalm of Asaph is one we all can identify with. As Christians, we look at the world through different glasses. Non-believers see the world another way. First, there are some very rich Christians, but most of us are average in wealth. Sometimes living from paycheck to paycheck, but we see these people who will scheme, cheat and do evil to get their riches. “It isn’t fair,” we say. When we try to do what is right,we see others, doing evil and gaining so much more in riches, popularity and power.
When I was in school, the girls who gave themselves to the boys were the popular ones. I can’t remember a Christian being that popular. In some schools it may be different. In the business world, some who cheated made the top of the ladder, where those who were honest do not. That’s what Asaph is saying in this Psalm He almost gave in and went the route of his peers. He didn’t. He stayed faithful to God, but it does seem a shame that those who were doing evil are gaining so much. I had to chuckle when in verse four, he said they were fat. Riches of food? It’s not good for us.
When your faith is low, read Psalm 73, all of it. It is encouraging to see how Asaph realized how much God loved him and had cared for him. We don’t understand why these things happen to people. As a whole, we look at wealthy people as greedy, conniving and schemers. This is not always so.
Remember wealth is not always money. Look at your riches if you are a Christian. You have the love of God and are respected before men. You are kind, passionate and caring. Not everyone is like that and it hurts at times to be that way, but it is a good trait for a Christian. Where are your riches? Mine are in heaven. It doesn’t matter if you do not possess the newest car, biggest house or finest furniture. You have the love of God, and that’s what is important.