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The Prosperity of the Wicked

Published December 28, 2016

Michael V Wilson
By Michael V. Wilson

The Psalms in the Bible (songs) were written by righteous men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; David obviously, and Solomon, but others also. One of them was Asaph the Seer, who was the chief of the singers in David's court.

He wrote several Psalms, one of which was the 73rd Psalm. In it he laments and mourns over his own sin of envying the prosperity of the wicked, saying in verses 3-9,

3For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.

5They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.

6Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.

7Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.

8They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.

9They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.

How this sounds like the self-appointed elites of modern America! The so-called “mainstream media,” the Hollywood celebrities, the career politicians, the agitators in the streets, godless atheists, pagan Muslims, and self-satisified rich. How it is that once more, we see there is nothing new under the sun. What once was, is again.

They despise God and those who worship Him. Righteousness has no place in their hearts when they support baby killing abortionists – which is child sacrifice by another name. Pride does indeed serve as their necklace when they hold “Gay Pride” parades down the middle of Main Street U.S.A., but will not tolerate the name of Christ even during Christian holidays – Holy Days – such as Christmas and Easter.

As Jesus Himself told us in Luke 21:17,

And you will be hated by all for My name's sake.

Indeed we will. But . . . Asaph, and all the prophets, knew there was a different ending written than the one the God-hating world desperately wants to believe in. Those who refuse the grace extended by Jesus will reap the whirlwind. Asaph put it thus in Psalm 73:16-20,

16When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—

17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.

18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

19Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

20As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.

Although we pray for their salvation on a daily basis – or we should; if you're not, start! – but for the many who refuse (Jesus told us few would find the way), their end, their Final Destination, has already been written, and is terrible to behold.

While we can certainly rejoice in our ultimate victory, we should pity those who have hardened their hearts and are destined for destruction. Their pride and riches and lofty words will not keep them from Hell.

The prosperity of the wicked will not save them.

Only Jesus can do that.

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