"Speaking to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart" Ephesians 5:19
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Have you ever looked about and wondered; “Why do bad people prosper?” Are there times when you take stock of your life and think, I do my very best to live a faithful and righteous life, but I still suffer trials and tribulations. Many in the bible such as Job, Jeremiah, Asaph and David asked this very same question. Let us take a quick look at Asaph who was an organizer and leader for the temple choirs in the days of David (1 Chronicles 25:1-2).
In Psalms 73 written by Asaph, he acknowledges that God is truly good to Israel and to the pure in heart. He recognized that he almost stumbled because he envied the prosperity of the wicked. Asaph was greatly distressed seeing people who did terrible things, but they had great lives. The same thing happens in this day and time. We work with or read about people who lie, cheat, steal or swindle others to get ahead. Many of them prosper and experience overwhelming success in their personal and professional lives. They go through life day by day suffering no financial worries. Meanwhile, we are praying to God to stay afloat, and we sometimes wonder if He’s even listening. If we are not careful, we may find ourselves like Asaph, sliding further into despair over the perceived prosperity of the wicked. Satan can press us down so low when we are going through trials, that some may wonder if our righteousness has been in vain.
How did Asaph rise above his anxiety and ultimately realize that God is in control of all situations? He went into the House of the Lord. By praying and worshiping God in the sanctuary he gained a fresh appreciation of both God and eternity. This is what Christians must do. We must connect with the church that Jesus Christ built and shed His precious blood for. Asaph realized that there is an end for both the righteous and the wicked. Those who are far away from the Lord will perish. Therefore, do not be envious of their prosperity. As difficult as it can be to live a righteous life, it is better than leading a life without God. Eternal life with Christ in that heavenly mansion will be our reward. Asaph saw the value of putting his trust in God, and so should we.