“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Psalm 73:1-3
The Psalmist says as for me, I came so close to falling, for I was envious of the prosperity of the ungodly.
The ungodly prosper in the world; they increase in riches, they have more than what their hearts could wish for. But you with a clean heart, it appears like you’ve cleaned your heart in vain. It’s too painful for you; you’re plagued and chastened every morning, even that you say offends!
Why Lord, why me?
The writer says, “Then one day I went into God’s sanctuary to meditate and thought…” Psalm 73:17
The wicked has no future, but I do. With their good life, “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction” (Psalm 73:18). They’re brought into desolation, as in a moment! They’re utterly consumed with terrors, me neither!
Then the writer says, “Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee” (Psalm 73:21-22).
I’ll continue to be with you Lord; guide me, that afterwards I receive the glory. “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:26
It is good to draw near to God.