Asaph was one of the musicians in David’s court. This psalm is attributed to him. He may have penned it. As we read, we will notice how sad and challenging it is as the writer looks at his life in comparison to the lives of those around him. But often isn’t that the way we view life? We see the successes and triumphs of our neighbors and coworkers who are not believers and then look at our own lives and see challenges. Asaph put those same feelings into words. “
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.” Psalm 73:1-4
Have you ever looked at someone else and envied? You view their life and it looks so much better than your own. If we’re being honest, most of us have felt that way. But in reality, we have no idea what the other person is facing? They may look like they’re sailing through life, but we can’t always see the storm others are navigating because we are in the middle of our own storm.
It’s hard to keep from looking side to side. But our best hope is to look up. God is good and He is good to us. We need to trust Him.
Heavenly Father, help me to look to You and not look at what others have. I don’t want to live my life envious of what someone else is experiencing. I want to live my life for You.