A Sure Perspective — Psalm 73

A Psalm of Asaph.

 [1] Truly God is good to Israel,
  to those who are pure in heart.
[2] But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
  my steps had nearly slipped.
[3] For I was envious of the arrogant
  when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

 [4] For they have no pangs until death;
  their bodies are fat and sleek.
[5] They are not in trouble as others are;
  they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
[6] Therefore pride is their necklace;
  violence covers them as a garment.
[7] Their eyes swell out through fatness;
  their hearts overflow with follies.
[8] They scoff and speak with malice;
  loftily they threaten oppression.
[9] They set their mouths against the heavens,
  and their tongue struts through the earth.
[10] Therefore his people turn back to them,
  and find no fault in them.
[11] And they say, “How can God know?
  Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
[12] Behold, these are the wicked;
  always at ease, they increase in riches.
[13] All in vain have I kept my heart clean
  and washed my hands in innocence.
[14] For all the day long I have been stricken
  and rebuked every morning.
[15] If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
  I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

 [16] But when I thought how to understand this,
  it seemed to me a wearisome task,
[17] until I went into the sanctuary of God;
  then I discerned their end.

 [18] Truly you set them in slippery places;
  you make them fall to ruin.
[19] How they are destroyed in a moment,
  swept away utterly by terrors!
[20] Like a dream when one awakes,
  O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
[21] When my soul was embittered,
  when I was pricked in heart,
[22] I was brutish and ignorant;
  I was like a beast toward you.

 [23] Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
  you hold my right hand.
[24] You guide me with your counsel,
  and afterward you will receive me to glory.
[25] Whom have I in heaven but you?
  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
[26] My flesh and my heart may fail,
  but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 [27] For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
  you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
[28] But for me it is good to be near God;
  I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
  that I may tell of all your works.

(Psalm 73 ESV)