June 3, 2020

Psalm 73 (CSB)

BOOK III

(Psalms 73–89)

Psalm 73

GOD’S WAYS VINDICATED

A psalm of Asaph. 

God is indeed good to Israel, 

to the pure in heart. 

But as for me, my feet almost slipped; 

my steps nearly went astray. 

For I envied the arrogant; 

I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

They have an easy time until they die, 

and their bodies are well fed.,

They are not in trouble like others; 

they are not afflicted like most people. 

Therefore, pride is their necklace, 

and violence covers them like a garment. 

Their eyes bulge out from fatness; 

the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 

They mock, and they speak maliciously; 

they arrogantly threaten oppression. 

They set their mouths against heaven, 

and their tongues strut across the earth. 

10 Therefore his people turn to them 

and drink in their overflowing words.,

11 The wicked say, “How can God know? 

Does the Most High know everything?” 

12 Look at them—the wicked! 

They are always at ease, 

and they increase their wealth. 

13 Did I purify my heart 

and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 

14 For I am afflicted all day long 

and punished every morning. 

15 If I had decided to say these things aloud, 

I would have betrayed your people.,

16 When I tried to understand all this, 

it seemed hopeless,

17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. 

Then I understood their destiny. 

18 Indeed, you put them in slippery places; 

you make them fall into ruin. 

19 How suddenly they become a desolation! 

They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 

20 Like one waking from a dream, 

Lord, when arising, you will despise their image. 

21 When I became embittered 

and my innermost being was wounded, 

22 I was stupid and didn’t understand; 

I was an unthinking animal toward you. 

23 Yet I am always with you; 

you hold my right hand. 

24 You guide me with your counsel, 

and afterward you will take me up in glory.,

25 Who do I have in heaven but you? 

And I desire nothing on earth but you. 

26 My flesh and my heart may fail, 

but God is the strength of my heart, 

my portion forever. 

27 Those far from you will certainly perish; 

you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 

28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good. 

I have made the Lord God my refuge, 

so I can tell about all you do.

Proverbs 14:12–14 (CSB)

12 There is a way that seems right to a person, 

but its end is the way to death. 

13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad, 

and joy may end in grief. 

14 The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves, 

and a good one, what his deeds deserve.

Luke 20:41–21:4 (CSB)

THE QUESTION ABOUT THE CHRIST

41 Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is the son of David? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms:

The Lord declared to my Lord,

‘Sit at my right hand

43 until I make your enemies your footstool.’,

44 David calls him ‘Lord’; how then can the Christ be his son?”

WARNING AGAINST THE SCRIBES

45 While all the people were listening, he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets.47 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher judgment.”

THE WIDOW’S GIFT

21 He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins., “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”