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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

June 9 - Evening

" 'This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.'

If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny...

...When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever."

- Psalms 73:12-17, 21-26

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Asaph Struggles to Choose a Worldview for His Lyrics


Psalm 73 begins the third of five “books” or collections of songs in the Book of Psalms. This third book includes Psalm 73-89. Of these seventeen psalms eleven of them, like this one, are ascribed to the Levite named Asaph. It seems that Book III is a collection of psalms by Asaph (also Psalm 50) who was a leader of one of the Levitical choirs organized by David. David appointed Asaph to assist Heman (the prophet Samuel’s grandson through his son Joel, 1 Chron. 6:31-38 and 1 Samuel 8:1-3) as the leading musician in the worship in the sanctuary (1 Chronicles 6:39). Later when Solomon dedicated the temple in 2 Chronicles 5:12 Asaph, now a legendary musician, was there to perform.

Asaph identifies his problem and the near crash of his faith in 73:2-3. Then in verses 73:4-9 Asaph describes the pleasant and comfortable lot of the wicked:

  • No struggles
  • Healthy, strong bodies
  • Free from common burdens
  • No ills

Because of their innate success and the pleasantness of their lives these wicked become prideful of themselves and oppressive of others. They have callous hearts that scoff at the failings of others and gloat arrogantly concerning their own pleasant lot in life. Eventually, they question the existence of God and settle on dismissing him altogether. The wicked continue to live carefree lives and prosper in their secular world view while mocking others who struggle in life and look to God for help. (73:11-12)

In verses 73:13-14 Asaph records the thoughts in his heart that he had been tempted to proclaim out loud (possibly being tempted to put these thoughts into lyrics to be sung to the general public), but he had not:

            “Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure:
            In vain have I washed my hands in innocence.” - 73:13

Fortunately, Asaph had somehow refrained from speaking these corrupt thoughts in the hearing of others because if these words had been proclaimed, or in the case of Asaph the musician, if these lyrics had been set to song, they could have misled the younger generation:

            “If I had said, ‘I will speak thus,’ I would have betrayed your children.” - 73:15

Yet, the contrast of the life of a righteous man like Asaph compared to the prosperous wicked life of the man who had no fear of God continued to confounded this great Levite. That is until he went to the sanctuary of God and put things in perspective from the divine point of view:

“When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” - 73:16-17

Asaph credits the Lord with having been faithful and believes the Lord had never left him during this struggle between these two conflicting world views. Asaph says the Lord held him by his right hand through the struggles of this learning process and will continue to guide Asaph into eternal glory. (73:21-24)

When Asaph’s physical life eventually fails, God will be his strength and his portion forever (73:26). This is contrary to the ultimate fate of the godless wicked who will also perish physically, but will be eternally destroyed. (73:27)

Asaph has come full circle from 73:1 to 73:28 to begin and end this psalm confident that God is good and that it is good to be near God. This is the message the lyrics of Asaph's songs will proclaim. Asaph ends this song saying so:

            “I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” – 73:28

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Confess your sins, not your neighbor's sins."










Something to Ponder??
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- Galyn Wiemers
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Eumetadotos (Gr) – Generous in Giving (Eng) – the compound Greek word eumetadotos appears only one time in the NT and never is found in the papyri from that time. The prefix eu- in the word eumetadotos is added to the Greek word metadotos which means “give generously.”
is used by John the Baptists in Luke 3:11 when he tells Jews to be generous in their giving. In Ephesians 4:28 Paul tells the Ephesians to work with their hands so they have something to metadotos to those in need. By adding the prefix eu- to the well-known word metadotos
(“give generously”) in 1 Timothy 6:18 Paul seems to be intensifying the meaning of “giving freely
and spontaneously” that is captured by metadotos. Paul adds the eu- to make it eumetadotos
which is a unique word used only in 1 Timothy 6:18 in the NT and nowhere in the papyri.
In 1 Timothy 6:18 Paul is addressing the wealthy in Ephesus to encourage them to do good deeds,
be socially minded and to eumetadotos (be willing to give and give generously and
spontaneously with an open hand.)


Xerses’ (or, Ahasuerus’) new queen Esther is identified as Queen Amestris. Persian queen Amestris is recorded in Persian records and archaeology as the replacement for Queen Vashti in 479 BC which would be Xerxes 7th year that is recorded in Esther 2:16-17.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will not allow myself to be envious of the “good” life ungodly people enjoy or
jealous of the “success” worldly people attain.

  "The lips of the righteous know what is fitting,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse."

- Proverbs 10:32
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Isaiah 18 Proverbs 21
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

concerning truth
and deception

Avoid distractions
and interference


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

An on-site chart and diagram with details of

An on-site chart and diagram with details of
Mazar's excavation discoveries of the walls and gates
from the days of Solomon and the kings of
Judah located on the Ophel south of the Temple.
(Details and video here.
Dr. Eilat Mazar's excavation blog here.)

A first century column stands in front of the Rothschild House
in the Old City Jerusalem. More photos here.
  (click photo for larger image)
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