We are in the Wisdom stream and starting the 3rd of 5 books in the Psalms. We are reading from the New American Standard Bible this week.
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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
God you certainly lead your children in triumph. You are true to those who follow and obey you and you are terror to those who fight against you. May we always be on YOUR side of righteousness; not self-righteous, not seeking approval from men, but seeking you for your sake alone. Amen
Asaph wrote Psalms 73-83 (along with #50). He was David’s song leader. He was appointed to such position in I Chronicles 15:17.
73 – is his frustrated musing about the wicked prospering so and the righteous having struggles. These two scenarios contrasted against each other were troublesome. The topic arises today as well. And granted, the petition has merit. All this grated against Asaph’s senses until he came and prayerfully sat with God in the sanctuary. Asaph is transparent enough to strongly insinuate that his personal musing was only making things worse and it implies he should have never tortured himself with such thinking…i.e. and that he should have come into God’s house sooner. God knows what to do with good people and He knows what to do with wicked people. And He will!
77 – this and Psalm 78 are theologically linked but we will end this day with Psalm 77 and pick up with 78 next week. 77 is Asaph crying out to God for the people; longing for a reprieve from God – and no one else will do. There are sentiments of feeling forgotten by God, but regardless of how feelings fluctuate, remembering God’s deeds and meditating on what He has done plus His redemption for us brings us back to truth and anchors us. He ends with illustrations of God leading His children amid natural and colossal wonders; the terrifying power of nature that God stirs and works amidst.