Psalm 73 (Comparison)
This blog really isn't intended to be a devotional. It's not intended to even be religious or explicitly of faith nature. This blog is intended to be a reflection of my thoughts, which are often grounded in Biblical teaching. With that being said, I want to start this blog off simply by pasting Psalm chapter 73 and diving into the profundity of it, starting on verse 3.
"For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don't have troubles like other people; they're not plagued with problems like everyone else. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words." - Psalm 73:3-10
"Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but troubles all day long; every morning brings me pain. If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. Then I realized my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant - I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand." - Psalm 73:13-23
"My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever." - Psalm 73:26
This message resonated so deeply with me this morning, as I believe it will with some of you. I find myself wondering often about why the depraved, bitter, harsh, and cruel find their way to riches and success. Why do we elevate the bad people, and ignore the good people? Why does it seem like the universe favors the people who just take what they want with no consideration for anybody? Why do the depraved seem so comfortable with the evil they do? Why aren't they convicted? How are they not eating themselves alive?
I suppose the answer is that once you have tasted good - real virtuous good - the kind of good that satisfies the soul all the way down to its deepest and most hidden desire, you take on a level of responsibility that depraved people don't have. When you know good, bad things will not satisfy. They will gnaw at you. They will haunt you. They will surround you.
People who have experienced light are burdened with a heightened sensitivity to the darkness of the world surrounding them. They are afflicted with inexplicable sadness that the depraved are blissfully ignorant to. People who have experienced light are more sensitive not only to the world around them, but also to their own wrongdoing. They are less able to sin without dealing with profound repercussions.
Ultimately, truth is difficult, and therefore so is living in truth. The truth about our world is that is deeply groaning and broken beyond measure. Living in truth is to live with a grander sort of burden than living in ignorance. But in the end, when truth exposes itself as truth, the good will prosper. Do not lost hope because of your burden. The heavier life feels, the more meaningful it will be. Take your burdens on as invigorating pursuits to the long term feeling of overcoming.