Why Do the Wicked Prosper? (Daily Portion 10118)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Psalm 73:1-14

The psalmist envies the wicked because they seem to live blessed lives while the godly are continually plagued with troubles.

What Does It Say?

  1. Truly God is _______ to Israel, even to such as are of a __________ heart.
  2. It seems that the wicked are not in ___________ as other men.
  3. The wicked have more than ________ could wish.
  4. The wicked set their mouth against the ___________.
  5. Yet the psalmist has been plagued all the ______ long and chastened every _________.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Verse 4 says of the wicked that “there are no bands in their death.”  What do you think this is referring to?
  2. The “waters of a full cup are wrung out to them” (v.10).  Look up Judges 6:38 and Matthew 10:42.  In light of these verses, what do you think this phrase means?
  3. The wicked do not deny the existence of God but they doubt that there is knowledge in the most High (v.11).  What does this mean in practice? How do people come to this belief?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. The psalmist is envious at the foolish when he sees the prosperity of the wicked.  What have you sometimes envied about those who reject God?  What is the solution to this feeling of envy?
  2. The psalmist begins to doubt, “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency” (v.13).  What does he mean by this statement?  How can a believer come to this point?  What should he do when he feels this way?
David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 15:6

In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.