Psalm 73 a psalm through Asaph

Tune #509: A flowing River and a Tree
Composer: Charles H. Gabriel
It is also the tune to "Only in Thee" by Thomas O. Chisholm
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1 Truly God's good unto Israel,
    to pure of heart, but I had failed.
2 My feet were near to no avail.
   My steps had well nigh slipped. 
3 For the foolish I came to envy,
   seeing wicked in prosperity,
4 that they had none of death's misery,
   and their belly was full.
5 They did not have plagues of mortals.
   With other men they're not troubled. 
6 Therefore has pride them encircled,
   covered with thorns violent.
7 Their eyes proceed out from their fatness.
   They possess more than a heart could wish. 
8 They are corrupt and speak wickedness;
   oppress and speak high things.
9   In the heavens they set their mouth.
     Throughout the earth, their tongue goes out. 
10 Therefore to them water's wrung out
      when His people return.
11 And they will say, "Ignorant is God.
     With the Most High can there be knowledge?" 
12 They in the world prosper without God,
     and riches they heap up.
13 Surely in vain, my heart I've cleansed,
      and washed my hands in innocence,
14 and all day long I am chastened,
      every morning, condemned.
15 If I would say, "I will speak like them,"
     Lo, I'd stumble all of Your children.
16 On this I thought, thus to comprehend.
     It was too hard for me.
17 `Till I came to sanctuary,
      their latter end, I then could see.
18 You set them in places slippery,
      to be destroyed, surely.
19 How they perish in just a moment!
     Terrors that sweep away and torment,
20 as one wakes up from something he dreamt,
     Their facades You'll despise.
21 My heart was grieved, and I was pricked
      within my reins and my conscience.
22 Foolish was I and ignorant.
      I was a beast with Thee.
23 Nevertheless I'm always with Thee.
     You my right hand hold continually.
24 With Your counsel You ever guide me,
      then receive to glory!
25 Whom do I have in heav'n but Thee?
      I none on earth desire with Thee.
26 My flesh and heart, they have failed me.
      God's the Rock of my heart.
     And my portion forever is He.
27 Lo, they perish that are far from Thee.
     You cut off all that go a whoring.
     I will draw near to God.
28 But as for me, it is my good,
      that I always draw near to God.
      I put my trust in the Lord God
      to declare all Your works!
But as for me, it's good to draw near
to the Lord God, whom I trust and fear,
that all Your works, I may now declare
in the gates of Zion.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  29  Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;  30  And those whom He predestinated, these He also called; and those whom He called, these He also justified; and those whom He justified, these He also glorified.  31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  32  Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Heb 6:11  But we desire earnestly that each of you show the same diligence unto the full assurance of our hope until the end,  12  That you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and long-suffering are inheriting the promises.
12:12  Therefore set straight the hands which hang down and the paralyzed knees,  13  And make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather may be healed.  14  Pursue peace with all men and sanctification, without which no one will see the Lord;  15  Looking carefully lest anyone fall away from the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and through this many be defiled;
Rev 3:14  And to the messenger of the church in Laodicea write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God:  15  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  16  So, because you are  lukewarm  and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of My mouth.
Ps 37:1 Do not be incensed
because of evildoers.
Neither envy
unrighteous workers.
2  For like the grass,
they will soon be cut down,
and like the herb,
      they will wither away.
2 Cor 12:6  For if I desire to boast, I will not be foolish, for I will speak  the  truth; but I refrain lest anyone account of me something above what he sees me to be or hears from me.  7  And because of  the  transcendence of  the  revelations,  in  order that I might not be exceedingly lifted up, there was given to me a  thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, that he might buffet me,  in  order that I might not be exceedingly lifted up.  8  Concerning this I entreated  the  Lord three times that it might depart from me.  9  And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected  in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather boast  in  my weaknesses that  the  power of Christ might tabernacle over me.  10  Therefore I am well pleased  in  weaknesses,  in  insults,  in  necessities,  in  persecutions and distresses, on behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am powerful.
Isa 5:6 and I will make it a waste-it shall not be pruned nor cultivated, but there shall come up briars and thorns; and I will command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silver pieces, shall become briars and thorns:
24 with arrows and with the bow shall they come thither, for the whole land shall become briars and thorns.
25 And all mountains that have been dug up with the hoe-thither will they not come, from fear of briars and thorns; and they shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of small cattle.
Rev 3:17  Because you say, I am wealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,  18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.
Rom 11:8  As it is written, 'God gave them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, until this very day.''  9  And David says, `` Let   their   table  become a snare and a trap and a stumbling block and a retribution to them;  10  Let   their  eyes be darkened so that they cannot see; and bend  their  back continually.''
Ps 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them, and their very welfare a trap;
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not, and make their loins continually to shake.
Judges 6:34 And the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Gideon, and he blew the trumpet, and the Abi-ezrites were gathered after him.
35 And he sent messengers throughout Manasseh, and they also were gathered after him; and he sent messengers to Asher, and to Zebulun, and to Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36 And Gideon said to God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said,
37 behold, I put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if dew shall be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said.
38 And it was so. And when he rose up early on the morrow, he pressed the fleece together, and wrung dew out of the fleece, a bowl-full of water.
39 And Gideon said to God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once! Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it, I pray thee, be dry upon the fleece only, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40 And God did so that night, and it was dry upon the fleece only, but on all the ground there was dew.
1 Cor 15:19  If it is only that  we  have hoped in Christ in this life,  we are of all men  most miserable.
Rom 8:36  As it is written, "For Your sake we are being  put to death  all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughter.''  37  But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.
Ps 44:17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely against thy covenant:
18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy path;
19 Though thou hast crushed us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God, and stretched out our hands to a strange god,
21 Would not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 But for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are reckoned as sheep for slaughter.
23 Awake, why sleepest thou, Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Rise up for our help, and redeem us for thy loving-kindness' sake.
Ps 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order {my} {prayer} to You and {eagerly} watch.
Luke 11:33  No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it in the cellar or under the bushel, but on the lampstand, in order that those who enter in may see the light.
34  The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is dark.
35  Watch out therefore that the light which is in you is not darkness.
36  If therefore your whole body is full of light and does not have any dark part, the whole will be full of light as when the lamp with its rays illuminates you.
Matt 6:21  For where your treasure  is , there will your heart be also.  22  The  lamp of  the  body  is   the  eye. If therefore your eye  is  single, your whole body will be full of  light ;  23  But if your eye  is  evil, your whole body will be dark. If then  the   light   that   is   in   you   is darkness, how great  is   the  darkness!  24  No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate  the  one and love  the  other, or he will hold to one and despise  the  other.  You  cannot serve God and mammon.
Eph 3:16  That He would grant you, according to  the  riches of His glory, to be strengthened  with power through His Spirit into  the  inner man,  17  That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18  May be full of strength to apprehend  with   all   the   saints  what  the  breadth and length and height and depth are  19  And to know  the  knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto  all   the  fullness of God.  20  But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above  all  that we ask or think, according to  the  power which operates in us,  21  To Him be  the  glory in  the  church and in Christ Jesus unto  all   the  generations forever and ever. Amen.
1 Thes 5:2  For you yourselves know perfectly well that like a thief in the night, so the day of the Lord comes.  3  When they say, Peace and security, then  sudden  destruction comes upon them, just as birth pangs to a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape.  4  But you, brothers, are not in darkness that the day should overtake you like a thief;
Heb 7:14  For it is  evident  that our Lord has risen out of Judah, concerning which tribe Moses spoke nothing about priests.  15  And it is still more abundantly  evident  since it is according to the likeness of Melchisedec that a different Priest arises,
Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall rouse himself against the hypocrite.
Zech 11:4 Thus says the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;  5 whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. ....
8 And I caused the three shepherds to perish in one month; and My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred Me. (see note on Zech 11 page)
Matt 23:27  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you resemble white-washed graves, which outwardly appear beautiful but inwardly are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.  28  So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of  hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Mark 12:14  And they came and said to Him, Teacher, we know that You are true and do not fear anyone, for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Should we give, or should we not give?  15  But He, knowing their  hypocrisy , said to them, Why do you tempt Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may look at it.
Luke 12:12:1  Meanwhile, when the myriads of the crowd were gathered together so that they trampled on one another, He began to say to His disciples first, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is  hypocrisy .  2  But there is nothing covered up which will not be revealed, and hidden which will not be known.
Heb 3:12  Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief in falling away from the living God.  13  But  exhort  one another each day, as long as it is called "today,'' lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  14  For we have become partners of Christ, if indeed we hold fast the beginning of the assurance firm to the end,  15  While it is said, "Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the provocation.''
10:24  And let us consider one another so as to  incite  one another to love and good works,  25  Not abandoning our own assembling together, as the custom with some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.
1 Cor 14:23  If therefore the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak in tongues, and some unlearned in tongues or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are insane?  24  But if all prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is  convicted  by all, he is examined by all;  25  The secrets of his heart become manifest; and so falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that indeed God is among you.  26  What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
Ps 37:23  The steps of a mighty man
are ordered from the Lord,
and He delights in his way.
24. Though he fall,
he shall not utterly be cast down
for the LORD upholds him by His hand.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
Ps 25:8 Good and upright is the Lord.
Therefore He will teach sinners in the way.
9 The lowly will He guide in judgment.
The lowly will He teach His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord
are mercy and truth
unto such as keep
His covenant and testimonies.
11. For Thy name's sake,
O Lord,
also pardon my iniquity,
for it is great.
12 What man is he
that feareth the Lord?
Him He shall teach
in the way he should choose.
13  His soul shall dwell in good,
and his seed shall inherit the earth. 
Ps 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee the way in which thou shalt go; I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee.
9 Be ye not as a horse, as a mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle, for restraint, or they will not come unto thee.
10 Many sorrows hath the wicked; but he that confideth in Jehovah, loving-kindness shall encompass him.
Rom 2:6  Who will render to each according to his works:  7  To those who by endurance in good work seek  glory  and honor and incorruptibility, life eternal; 8  But to those who are selfishly contentious and disobedient to the truth and obey unrighteousness, wrath and fury.  9  Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man who commits evil, both of Jew first and of Greek;  10  But  glory  and honor and peace to everyone who works good, both to Jew first and to Greek.  11  For there is no respect of persons with God.
5:1  Therefore having been justified out of faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  Through whom also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and boast because of the hope of the  glory  of God.
8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming  glory  to be revealed upon us.  19  For the anxious watching of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God.  20  For the creation was made subject to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it,  21  In hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the  glory  of the children of God.
9:4  Who are Israelites, whose are the sonship and the  glory  and the covenants and the giving of the law and the service and the promises;
22  And what if God, wishing to demonstrate His wrath and make His power known, endured with much long-suffering vessels of wrath fitted for destruction,  23  In order that He might make known the riches of His  glory  upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto  glory ,  24  Even us, whom He has also called, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles?
15:7  Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received you to the  glory  of God.
1 Cor 2:7  But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom which has been hidden, which God predestined before the ages for our  glory ,  8  Which none of the rulers of this age have known; for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of  glory ;  9  But as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man's heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him.''  10  But to us God has revealed them through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
15:39  All flesh is not the same flesh, but one is of men, and another flesh is of cattle, and another is of birds, and another is of fish.  40  There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; but the  glory  of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another.  41  There is another  glory  of the sun, and another  glory  of the moon, and another  glory  of the stars; for star differs from star in  glory .  42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption;  43  It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in  glory ; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;  44  It is sown a soulish body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual one.
2 Cor 3:17  And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  18  But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the  glory  of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from  glory  to  glory , even as from the Lord Spirit.
4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  17  For our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of  glory,
Eph 5:27  That He might present the church to Himself  glorious , not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Phil 3:21  Who will transfigure the  body  of our humiliation to be conformed to the  body  of His glory, according to His operation by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.
Col 3:3  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4  When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in  glory .  5  Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry;
1 Thes 2:12  So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and  glory .
1 Tim 3:15  But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.  16  And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in  glory.
2 Tim 2:9  In which I suffer evil unto bonds as a criminal; but the word of God is not bound.  10  Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the chosen ones, that they themselves also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal  glory .  11  Faithful is the word: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;  12  If we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us;  13  If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.  14  Remind them of these things, solemnly charging them before God not to have contentions of words, which is useful for nothing, to the ruin of those who hear.  15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman, cutting straight the word of the truth.  16  But avoid profane, vain babblings, for they will advance to more ungodliness,
Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little inferior to the angels because of the suffering of death, crowned with  glory  and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death on behalf of everything.  10  For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into  glory , to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1 Pet 1:7  So that the proving of your faith, much more precious than of gold which perishes though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and  glory  and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  8  Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of  glory ,  9  Receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
5:1  Therefore the elders among you I exhort, who am a fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the  glory  to be revealed:  2  Shepherd the flock of God among you, overseeing not under compulsion but willingly, according to God; not by seeking gain through base means but eagerly;  3  Nor as lording it over your allotments but by becoming patterns of the flock.  4  And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of  glory .
10  But the God of all grace, He who has called you into His eternal  glory  in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and ground you.
Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,  11  Having the  glory  of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.

-copyright 2008 Steve Miller
written 10/16/08 Steve Miller