Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Sometimes it’s seems like living right doesn’t pay. Often you see the worldly, compromising people apparently prospering. It seems like the ungodly get away with murder. That’s exactly what David was dealing with in this Psalm. David said that he was “envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked”. If we look at the way things appear, it looks like it doesn’t pay to live right, the cheaters and compromisers seem to be running ahead in this game called life, but the way things appear is not always accurate. David said that when he went into the sanctuary of God he understood. What happened in David’s sanctuary that changed his opinion? David’s sanctuary was the tent he pitched on Mount Zion that contained the ark of the covenant. In that old tent the Glory of God would come down. In the atmosphere of the eternal God, David finally understood. He saw the end of the ungodly. No one gets away with anything, there is a righteous God watching over everything. There is a day of judgement and justice ahead for all of us. Charles Spurgeon made some interesting observations on this very topic.

“The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.”

Spurgeon went on to describe the sudden and total overthrow of the ungodly. One moment it seems like their ungodly lifestyle has paid off, in an atomic instant, total devastation.

“How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! This is an exclamation of godly wonder at the suddenness and completeness of the sinners’ overthrow. Headlong is their fall; without warning, without escape, without hope of future restoration! Despite their golden chains, and goodly apparel, death stays not for manners but hurries them away; and stern justice unbribed by their wealth hurls them into destruction.”

Have you ever been envious of the prosperity of the unrighteous? If you are like me you have not only been envious but outright angry. You have been especially angry if their prosperity came at your expense. If that’s the case, you need to take a trip to David’s tabernacle. In the atmosphere of God’s house, David saw everything clearly. Instead of being angry, you find yourself moved with compassion toward your perceived enemies. When you see the end of the wicked you’ll understand. Nobody ever gets away with murder.


  1. We all at sometime been taken by someone,It just goes with the territory and the times we live in and the evil in peoples hearts. We need to pray for those thatdo this the word tells us to pray for those that despitefully use us, might as well than be angry, caaanel it with Gods help and forgive them, and pray for their salvation. then we are in the right if we dont forgive from our hearts, with Gods help, we are not walking up right and are bitter, I know for myself it isnt worth it, the lord knows and will take care of it all if we stay right. Ive had to ask forgiveness in times passed because someone stole from my family when we couldnt afford the loss they did to us it was a great learning experience for my wife and myself, we still had a house full of children, it was a bad loss, we had to forgive and the lord made up for the loss in other ways, before we forgave we were angry and we had to repent we didnt like the we we were feeling and not having peace with the lord, He forgave us we can forgive, it was a very hard lesson for us to learn and I pray we never have to learn it again, no one gets away with anything, people can fool us at times but no one fools God and every person reaps just what they sow, on this earth and in the here after. if we sow pleaseing the lord we reap joy peace that passes all understanding love for others His goodness in our lives, I dont want this taken id ruther lose other stuff but not what the lord has.

  2. kevin falgoust

    Great word and praise Jesus, psalms 73 is one that catches my eyes and comes to mind for me. 27, Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you 28 but as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. Good day.

  3. mark planchard

    Shortly after my salvation the stark reality of the condition of my soul and its destination prior to that very moment in time came clearly into view. Matthew 16:26 comes to mind. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” These words came straight out of the mouth of Jesus!
    The desperate situation I found myself in before accepting Christ as Savior has stuck with me and the memory of my blindness to that reality affects my view of others to this day. This is not to say my immediate reaction is not “AAWWW – COME ON”, but that gives way to the potential condition of their soul, then comes prayer for them. Glory be to God because this is not a human reaction. / Empty hands raised high.

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