Struggle Through the Issues of Life
1 No doubt about it! God is good-good to good people, good to the good-hearted. 2 But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. 3 I was looking the other way, looking up to the people 4 At the top, envying the wicked who have it made, 5 Who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world.
Reading this Psalm causes me all kinds of problems. Those of us who spend anytime in places where good people are supposed to get the treasures, and bad people are supposed to go to jail, this song is on its head. Or it puts me on my head.
I confess, with the Psalmist's permission, I am often jealous of people who are doing better than me. I don't know why I do it. I know it has not positive outcome for me or them. I know those who seem to be living the dream, and who are also giving God the finger, are destined to perish in a hole of their own making, but still I am jealous. I am on my head.
I have got to change my idea of treasure. And of doing good. I don't want to invent my own goodness and hope for a good outcome. I want to believe in God who is always good regardless of the press he often gets on the subject, and tie myself to him. Then my treasure can be found in something great than myself, and is built on a future longer than my earthly run. I think then I might be able to find the kind of contentment that keeps me off of other people's Instagram wishing I was as beautiful as them, and happy to be totally, completely, 100% me.
Bonus! I just remembered the Psalm 73 is the launch pad for this amazing song from the Village Thrift album: