Psalm 73, “Is God Enough?”
Passage: Psalm 73:1–28
Text: Psalm 73
Intro: We live in the age of the upgrade. For some it's a faster smart phone, bigger TV, or some other technological gadget. Whatever our bent, all of us are influenced by our culture's continual thirst for more. In this message on Psalm 73, we walk through Aspah's spiritual journey and eventual realization that God is more than enough.
1. When God is not enough we lose perspective.
1. Social media and technology have made us especially vulnerable to envy and jealousy.
2. What’s going on in our minds when we see things like the writer does here?
2. When God is not enough we think He owes us something.
Asaph then goes from incorrectly interpreting the world around him to incorrectly interpreting himself.
1. You owe me God!—This is a huge problem for many American Christians.
2. This is one of the problems with the health and wealth Gospel. It says, “If I have enough faith then God is now obligated to move on my behalf.” It’s a lie because it makes people the focus of the universe and not God who is the sovereign good Creator of all things.
3. Being in the presence of God is where right perspective begins.
1. A Right Perspective on the Evil Around Us.
A. God will be justified. No rebellion will go unpunished.
• 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
• Christians sin too—will they be punished? That’s the Gospel—Jesus takes the punishment for those who repent and believe in Him.
B. Learn to lean into the inevitability of the victory of God.
2. A Right Perspective on our own rebellion and sin.
3. A right perspective on other Christians who annoy us.
“The Holy Ghost is content to dwell in smoky, offensive souls. Oh, that that Spirit would breathe into our spirits the same merciful dispositions!...We must supply out of our love and mercy that which we see wanting in them. The church of Christ is a common hospital, wherein all are in some measure sick of some spiritual disease or other, so all have occasion to exercise the spirit of wisdom and meekness.” –Richard Sibbes (The Bruised Reed)
4. God is more than enough.
Asaph concludes that God in fact is enough for him. You may read this and say—“There is no way I could ever get to that point.” Be encouraged by Augustine’s testimony of how God become his “sovereign joy.”
“You made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You, O God.” -Augustine