These were the words I needed this week: Psalm 73 Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind. . .
They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
And then there are the cursing psalms. In her memoir, Phyllis Pickle, who writes devotionals to help people “pray the hours” talks about the revelation that discovering these psalms was for her. These are not the ones, she points out, that are read much during church services. They aren’t very uplifting or edifying. When they are talked about, it is usually under the heading of “difficult scripture verses” and the conversation is about how to understand how their often vi