1. Why had the Psalmist (Asaph, one of David’s chief musicians and a prophet) come close to stumbling (Psa. 73:3)?
Are you ever envious of the prosperity of wicked/evil/bad people, and why?
2. How did the Psalmist view the wicked at first (Psa. 73:3-12)?
a. Psa. 73:3
b. Psa. 73:4
c. Psa. 73:5
d. Psa. 73:6
e. Psa. 73:7
f. Psa. 73:8
g. Psa. 73:9
h. Psa. 73:10
i. Psa. 73:11
j. Psa. 73:12
3. How did the Psalmist view his keeping himself pure in heart (Psa. 73:13-14), and why?
Do you ever feel cheated by God because you’ve lived an obedient Christian life for the most part, yet you aren’t being blessed with prosperity like the wicked seem to be, and, in fact, you’re even going through rough times financially?
4. What changed the Psalmist’s thinking (Psa. 73:16-17)?
Has coming into the sanctuary (the presence of God) and having your eyes opened through meditation on God’s Word, the Bible, ever changed your perspective on anything?
If so, what?
5. How does the Psalmist finally view the wicked (Psa. 73:18-19, 27)?
6. Why did the Psalmist have a distorted view (Psa. 73:21-22)?
Do you ever have a distorted view of life/events/circumstances because your view is colored/influenced by emotionalism (e.g., bitterness), and why?
7. What was God’s relationship to the Psalmist in spite of his former bitterness and emotionally-colored perspective (Psa. 73:23-24)?
How do you view God’s relationship to you, and why?
8. How does the Psalmist’s attitude and perspective change as a result (Psa. 73:25-28)?
Is God all you desire on earth, and why?
If not, what else do you desire, and why?
9. How do you view the seemingly, successful non-Christian?
What is your attitude toward being like the (seemingly) successful non-Christian, and why?
What will it take to make you not envious of the affluent pagan?
What advice would you give to a Christian who was caught up with the Psalmist’s original perspective in verse 3, and why that particular advice?