February 04, 2020 – Tuesday
Psalm 73:16-17 NKJV
16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.
During Monday Night Bible Study at Calvary Chapel of Dayton we looked at Psalm 73 and it was amazing how we were all drawn to verse 17, some earlier than others, but all of us eventually. The problem the psalmist was referring to was about those who sinned and seemed to have to the good life without any repercussions for the sinful way they lived.
In fact before these two verses, the psalmist refers to they, them, their, and who sixteen times plus once in verse 17. After verse 17 only seven more times were they referenced for a total of twenty-four times. Why so many references to them? According to Spurgeon’s commentary (and others) The theme is that ancient stumbling block of good men, which Job’s friends could not get over; — the present prosperity of wicked men and the sorrows of the godly. Heathen philosophers have puzzled themselves about this, while to believers it has too often been a temptation. Even today there is the temptation to believe they way wicked/sinful people seem to live without any consequence at all means it is okay to live that way.
That is until psalmist went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Different versions refer to their final destiny, the destiny of the wicked, then I understood their end, and I understood ·what will happen to them among others. That end or destiny will not be to spend eternity in heaven with God as the following two verses show
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
With the above in mind the psalmist states he was foolish and ignorant (v22) when his heart was grieved (v21) as he only considered earthly rewards. But for him and other believers he writes
25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
All this is the result of time he spent in the sanctuary of God. He did not say how quickly this knowledge came upon him, but it was the result of time spent in God’s word which is its own sanctuary. However, sanctuary implies others are around to share God’s word and teachings from His word. Discussion likely abounded as in our Monday Night Bible Study where we all learn from each other. In doing so we ended up at the following as the evening drew to a close.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
That I may declare all Your works.
I hope we all do our best to draw near to God and put our trust in the Lord God day in and day out so that we may declare all [His] works. Bottom line: Spend time in your church and spend time in the Word, especially with others who trust in God and His Word.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton