GOD BEING WHO HE is must always be sought for Himself, never as a means toward something else.
Whoever seeks other objects and not God is on his own; he may obtain those objects if he is able, but he will never have God. God is never found accidentally. "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13) .
Whoever seeks God as a means toward desired ends will not find God....
Bible Verses: Jeremiah 29:13Psalms 73Matthew 6:33
For Reading and Meditation: Job 21:11-16
We come now to the heart of the issue with which the psalmist is struggling in Psalm 73: "Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning" (
Bible Verses: Job 21:11-16Psalms 73Psalms 73:13-14Psalms 37:1-40Proverbs 3:31Proverbs 14:30
For Reading and Meditation: Job 9:21-35
The more the psalmist contemplates the condition of the ungodly, the more his perplexity increases. The next verses show him to be upset over the fact that people treat the ungodly with such admiration: "Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, 'How can God know? Does the Most High...
Bible Verses: Job 9:21-35Psalms 73:10-12Psalms 73Deuteronomy 32:1-15Psalms 37:35Jeremiah 5:27-28
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 19:7-14
We said yesterday that exposed problems are the only ones that can be resolved. Is this just an interesting theory, or is it something that can be supported from Scripture? Let me see if I can convince you that this statement has a biblical basis. Come back with me to the Garden of Eden and think again about the...
Bible Verses: Psalms 19:7-14Genesis 3:9-13Psalms 73Psalms 139:13-241 Corinthians 11:27-28Lamentations 3:40
For Reading and Meditation: Job 21:1-9
Before moving on, we pause to remind ourselves once more of the question with which the psalmist struggles in Psalm 73: Why is it that the wicked seem to prosper while the path of the righteous is beset by so many difficulties? Look now at how the psalmist views the condition of...
Bible Verses: Job 21:1-9Psalms 73Psalms 73:4-6Luke 12:15-21Luke 16:19-31Psalms 14:1Psalms 53:1Proverbs 12:15
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 51:1-9
Even the most casual reader of Psalm 73 cannot help but be struck by the openness and honesty of the psalmist. He says: "My feet had almost slipped for I envied the arrogant" (vv. 2-3). This again is one of the great values of the book of Psalms - it brings home to us the...
Bible Verses: Psalms 51:1-9Psalms 73Proverbs 12:15-22Leviticus 19:11Malachi 2:6
For Reading and Meditation: James 1:2-8
We continue meditating on the first verse of Psalm 73: "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." The psalmist has gone through an experience of crippling doubt but the great thing is this: he has emerged from it spiritually enriched and with a deeper...
Bible Verses: James 1:2-8Psalms 73Psalms 13:1Psalms 69:3Psalms 119:82
For Reading and Meditation: Malachi 3:13-18
Although in Psalm 73 the psalmist is beset by doubt, he begins, nevertheless, on a triumphant note: "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." Preachers usually leave their conclusion until the end of their sermon - but here the psalmist begins with it!...
Bible Verses: Malachi 3:13-18Psalms 73John 3:25-36John 5:39John 15:26Acts 20:24
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 73:1-28
We begin today a verse-by-verse examination of one of the great passages in the Bible - the seventy-third psalm. If you were to ask any group of Christians to name their favourite psalm most would probably reply: "The twenty-third." And it is not difficult to understand why. The simplicity and beauty of its language,...
Bible Verses: Psalms 73:1-28Ezekiel 18:24-32Jeremiah 12:1Habakkuk 1:1-4
For Reading and Meditation: Ecclesiastes 7:15-18
One perplexing situation for which wisdom and a divine perspective is needed, says Solomon, is when we see the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper. The psalmist struggled with this age-old problem (particularly in Psalm 73), and so have millions since. A tyrant...
Bible Verses: Ecclesiastes 7:15-18Psalms 731 John 4:20
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