Ezekiel 25 and Psalm 73


Ezekiel 25-32 begins Ezekiel’s pronouncement of God’s judgment against surrounding nations. God holds each nation accountable for its national sins against Him. It reminds me of Proverbs 14:34:

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people


The tenor of Psalm 73 is very interesting. The psalmist finds himself believing that though he is trying to do what is right, it seems like the arrogant and wicked prosper and excel up to the time of death (Ps. 73:3-4).

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.

It wasn’t until Ps. 73:16-17 that the psalmist realized that God’s sovereignty was over all of this,

But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

Often, I ponder the seeming success of those who turn their backs on God yet appear to prosper in almost everything they do. I contrast this with those who are attempting to do their best to please God, yet suffer in many different ways. “Why?” is the question that comes to my mind. I feel like I can only leave the question open to God. His ways are sometimes a mystery to me and I am left to simply trust His goodness as my only answer.

I love the closing part of this psalm. It reminds me of the song that takes its lyrics from Ps. 73:25-26:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
  but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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