Psalm 73 begins with a proverb, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” But the writer wonders if that is really true. From his own experience, the wicked seem to prosper (73:4-12) and he does not see much benefit in keeping his heart pure (73:13-14). Despite his careful attention to the details of the Law, he still suffers in ways that seem to be punishments. When the Psalmist entered into worship, his perspective changed (73:17). It was then he realized the success of the wicked is an illusion. They are not as “blessed” as they appear.
This change in perspective is also seen in his renewed commitment to be near to God (73:25-28). The last two verses of the Psalm returns to the theme of the first, “But for me, it is good to be near God.”
The writer’s commitment to God is based…
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