Some Thoughts on Psalm 73
These days I am preaching on psalm 73 at Wangsung English Ministry . This is a very deep wisdom psalm and it has a ‘pivotal’ role in the editing of the Psalter (it appears in the middle of the Psalter, the first of Book III).
To prepare for my sermon I try to read a few good commentaries (the best must be the one by Allen P. Ross) and to listen to a few good sermons (usually from the Gospel Coalition site). Of course – one of the best on this must be Martyn-Lloyd Jones (see his book Faith on Trial).
This week I decided to also take a look at the Jewish perspective, and I found in my library the book A Rabbi Reads the Psalms, by Jonathan Magonet. It has some good insights, but I am not sure (from reading only the section on psalm 73), that it is worth the buy.
In any case, I find this quote from Levi Yitschak of Berditchev useful in connection with Psalm 73 (p. 188):
“I do not beg You to reveal to me the secret of Your ways – I could not bear it. But show me one thing; show it to me more clearly and more deeply; show me what this, which is happening at this very moment, means to me, what it demands of me, what You, Eternal One of the world, are telling me by way of it. Ah, it is not why I suffer, that I wish to know, but only whether I suffer for Your sake.”