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Ps 73:1-28. Of Asaph--(see Introduction). God is good to His people. For although the prosperity of the wicked, and the afflictions of the righteous, tempted the Psalmist to misgivings of God's government, yet the sudden and fearful ruin of the ungodly, seen in the light of God's revelation, reassures his heart; and, chiding himself for his folly, he is led to confide renewedly in God, and celebrate His goodness and love.
1. The abrupt announcement of the theme indicates that it is the
conclusion of a perplexing mental conflict, which is then detailed
3-9. The prosperous wicked are insolently proud (compare Ps 5:5). They die, as well as live, free from perplexities: pride adorns them, and violence is their clothing; indeed they are inflated with unexpected success. With all this--
12. prosper in the word--literally, "secure for ever."
15. Freed from idiomatic phrases, this verse expresses a
supposition, as, "Had I thus spoken, I should," &c., intimating that
he had kept his troubles to himself.
16, 17. Still he--
17. went into the sanctuary--to enquire (compare Ex 25:22; Ps 5:7; 27:4).
18-20. their end--future (Ps 37:37, 38), which is dismal and terribly sudden (Pr 1:27; 29:1), aggravated and hastened by terror. As one despises an unsubstantial dream, so God, waking up to judgment (Ps 7:6; 44:23), despises their vain shadow of happiness (Ps 39:6; Isa 29:7). They are thrown into ruins as a building falling to pieces (Ps 74:3).
21, 22. He confesses how--
22. before thee--literally, "with Thee," in conduct respecting Thee.
24. All doubts are silenced in confidence of divine guidance and
25, 26. God is his only satisfying good.
27, 28. The lot of apostates, described by a figure of frequent use (Jer 3:1, 3; Eze 23:35), is contrasted with his, who finds happiness in nearness to God (Jas 4:8), and his delightful work the declaration of His praise.