Series: Psalms: Making the Connections

Psalm 73: Maintaining Traction

July 17, 2022 | Dr. Gary Hylander
Passage: Psalms 73:1-28

A change in tone becomes apparent as we transition from Book 2 to Book 3
in the Psalms. As O. Palmer Robertson points out in his excellent book
entitled The Flow Of the Psalms, Book 2 is distinguished by communication
with foreign nations, while Book 3 is marked by devastation due to Israel’s
enemies. Somewhat surprisingly, Book 3 ends with David’s throne being cast
off and rejected (89:38). Where is God in the midst of such extremities? This
is a question the psalmist must answer.

Book 3 contains seventeen psalms with Psalms 73 and 74 serving as the
entranceway into these psalms. Psalms 73-83 are attributed to Asaph,
whose name is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 15:17, 19; 16:4-5; and 2
Chronicles 29:30. Seemingly disillusioned by life’s injustices, Asaph went into
the sanctuary of God, where he regained his perspective (73:17). Having done
so, he was able to write My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever (73:26). Whenever feelings of despair
enter your heart, bring the but God perspective back into your life.

When The Injustices Of Life Seem Overwhelming, Note...
• The Assumptions We Need To Evaluate. (1-14)

• The Perspective We Need To Develop. (15-20)

• The Refuge We Need To Seek. (21-28)

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