GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
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.