150719 My Feet Had Almost Slipped

150719-SS-PLL MY FEET HAD ALMOST SLIPPED (Psalm 73) Sermon by Ps Laurence Lee on 19 July 2015 We can easily sing “God is good all the time” in good times – but can we sing it in bad times? Is…

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MY FEET HAD ALMOST SLIPPED (Psalm 73)
Sermon by Ps Laurence Lee on 19 July 2015

We can easily sing “God is good all the time” in good times – but can we sing it in bad times? Is God really good ALL the time?

Asaph, the psalmist, begins in verse 1 with praise that “God is good to Israel —”
but in the very next verse he changes his tune. Are we sometimes guilty of this ambivalent attitude toward God?

1. The Confession : Envying the wicked (v1-12)

Asaph confesses that because he “envied the wicked” his feet “had almost slipped”.
ENVY is wanting the life of someone else!
V3-12 Asaph struggled with feelings of envy. He envied arrogant & violent individuals who lived in ease & prosperity.
ENVY sucks the life out of you cos you can’t live in/for today! It breeds discontent!
V6-11 Asaph’s jealousy of the rich & arrogant consumed him.
Often it appears to us that success has nothing to do with godliness: Those who ignore or even hate God may have more wealth and power than those who love Him. Many Christians suffer while non-Christians seem relatively unaffected by life’s difficulties. Life just doesn’t seem fair!

2. THE CHANGE : Entering God’s Sanctuary (v13-17)

V13 Asaph felt cheated. Why try to live right? It never seemed to pay off in tangible ways.
Even as Asaph questioned and doubted, his search to understand led him to seek God.
V17 When he came into God’s presence , he suddenly saw things from an eternal perspective.
Bringing our grievances to God while submitting to Him in worship can clarify life’s issues & point to spiritual realities.

3. THE CONVICTION : Established upon God’s revelation (v18-28)

As we look at things from God’s perspective, we will begin to see the other part of the picture – that the rewards of this life are temporary & can even hinder us from discovering what is really important.
V18-20 The wicked are actually “on slippery ground”
V22 Asaph describes his earlier complaining self (V3-12) as a “brute beast” – a dumb animal with no spiritual sensitivity or insight. Seeing things from God’s perspective made him realize how far off the mark he had been.
V23 – 26 With God in the center of the picture, we are the ones on solid ground – we will receive God’s blessings.

Conclusion : The Truth is that God is good to “those who are pure in heart” – to those who take refuge in Him.

GOD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART AND MY PORTION FOREVER !

DISCUSSION :

1. Have you ever envied others for their apparently ‘good life’? Share how you felt & what you discovered about (a) yourself & (b) your feelings about God’s sense of ‘fairness’.

2. How have you suffered for being a Christian? (compared with non-Christians)

3. What do you understand by ” seeing things from God’s perspective “?

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