Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

When You Get a Raw Deal Part 3

Scripture: Psalm 73

The third word we need to see became a private obsession for this worship leader: it was the prosperity these God-rejecters enjoyed. The Hebrew word for prosperity is shalom. Recognize it? It literally means peace with God such that your life is fulfilled, tranquil and complete.

Asaph looked at the lifestyles, the cars, the clothing, the houses they lived in, the company they kept and thought to himself: “They’re getting everything God promised to His covenant people! I don’t go to the clubs, I maintain all this discipline and for what? They are the blessed, not me. I thought you reap what you sow! God, I’m getting a raw deal!”

Asaph had fallen into the trap of loving the world and the things that are in the world. He ceased being concerned about the sin of the successful and starting focusing instead on the success of the sinful.

And that lead him to the fourth word we need to see in v. 3: envy. “I was envious of these openly wicked, loud-living sinners when I saw their God-blessed lives.”

Envy is the tendency to compare yourself with someone else in a way that leaves you feeling deprived. Envy means “I want what you have.” Asaph was eaten up with it. It’s not difficult for that to happen, by the way. Envy is so common that God made it the subject of one of His 10 commandments: “Do not covet your neighbour’s house. Do not covet your neighbour’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. (Exodus 20:17)

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