P.R.A.Y. Psalm 73

English: Scroll of the Psalms

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P.R.A.Y. – Psalm 73 – I Envied The Arrogant

Psalm 37 and 73 are both “Psalms of complaint”.

If you have ever said to God (aloud or under your breath) “I try to do everything right and never get ahead! But the people who hate You and care nothing for Your truth always seem to prosper! Something’s wrong with that, God!”

Though both psalms help us recognize these emotions, they both show us that – at some point – a dramatic transformation can and should occur that allows us to bear such injustice by seeing it in a new perspective.

What happened to the singer of Psalm 73, and where did that change happen?

What is the new perspective that eases the pain?

Do you envy the wicked?  How could these psalms help you take constructive action? What might that action be?

Additional Resources: ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, NET Bible

You can compare various translations/paraphrases of Psalm 73 at BibleGateway.com

Here’s the process we use to P.R.A.Y. the Bible

Weekly Challenge:

  • Are the feelings expressed by Psalm 73 toward the wicked who prosper a regular problem for you? How did you deal with it before? How can you deal with it after re-reading this Psalm?
  •  Did you start earlier in the week?  Start working on that again this week.  You may even want to read the same passage everyday to keep it in your mind.
  •  How did you plan to say YES! To God?
  • What is your plan?
  • How will you know if you’ve completed your assignment?