The Good, The Bad, and the Bitter

Psalm 73


Pastor Jason Poling

September 17, 2023


Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

3For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.


4For they have no pangs until death;

their bodies are fat and sleek.

5They are not in trouble as others are;

they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.

6Therefore pride is their necklace;

violence covers them as a garment.

7Their eyes swell out through fatness;

their hearts overflow with follies.

8They scoff and speak with malice;

loftily they threaten oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens,

and their tongue struts through the earth.

10Therefore his people turn back to them,

and find no fault in them.a

11And they say, “How can God know?

Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

12Behold, these are the wicked;

always at ease, they increase in riches.

13All in vain have I kept my heart clean

and washed my hands in innocence.

14For all the day long I have been stricken

and rebuked every morning.

15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”

I would have betrayed the generation of your children.


16But when I thought how to understand this,

it seemed to me a wearisome task,

17until I went into the sanctuary of God;

then I discerned their end.


18Truly you set them in slippery places;

you make them fall to ruin.

19How they are destroyed in a moment,

swept away utterly by terrors!

20Like a dream when one awakes,

O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.

21When my soul was embittered,

when I was pricked in heart,

22I was brutish and ignorant;

I was like a beast toward you.


23Nevertheless, I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

24You guide me with your counsel,

and afterward you will receive me to glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

26My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;

you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.

28But for me it is good to be near God;

I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,

that I may tell of all your works.


Psalm 73



Psalm 73:1-16

Statement of Truth:

God IS GOOD to the Pure in Heart

Psalm 73:1

We Rage Against the Prosperous Because We Desire Their Prosperity!

Psalm 73:2-3

The Wicked Seem to Have All the Fun and None of the Consequences

Psalm 73:4-12

Nearly Losing Faith

Psalm 73:13-16


Psalm 73:17-28

The wicked only prosper for a very brief time

Psalm 73:18-20

Bitterness makes us brutish and beastly

Psalm 73:21-22

The presence and companionship of God is the highest good you can be blessed with

Psalm 73:23-26

Beat bitterness and build faith by seeing God and reality rightly.