“Embittered, Stupid, Unthinking – Yet Always With You, Lord” ( Psalm 73: 23, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Asaph sings of how the wicked “have an easy time until they die.” (Psalm 73:4) They appear to lead lives of luxury. “They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people.” (Psalm 73:5) “Look at them — the wicked!” laments Asaph. “They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.” (Psalm 73:12)

Asaph recognizes his own embittered state. He knows that his “innermost being is wounded.” He is aware that he “is stupid and doesn’t understand; [he] is an unthinking animal toward [God].” (Psalm 73:21-22) He keeps this bitterness toward God to himself, going into the sanctuary to understand the destiny of the wicked.

And in the midst of his own wounded state, he remembers the presence of his God. He sings,”Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory. Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but You.” (Psalm 73:23-25)

The easy state of the wicked is an illusion. Asaph knows God “puts them in slippery places; [He] makes them fall into ruin. How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. Like one waking from a dream.” (Psalm 73:18-20)

“By His Death” (Proverbs 14: 32, ESV) by Carley Evans

Solomon, many years before Jesus comes to earth to die to save us, writes: “The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in His death.” Now, the Holy Spirit may very well not mean this as I take it, but this is my view of this verse.

The wicked is crushed by his own iniquity, whereas the righteous is delivered of his iniquity by the death of Jesus Christ. Though on the surface, it appears Solomon is referring to the death of the wicked, I think the Holy Spirit is pointing ahead of Solomon to the crucifixion.

The righteous finds refuge not in the death of the wicked man, but in the death of his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.