Perspective Defined: the capacity to view things in their true relation or relative importance (Webster)
16 But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.
18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when you rouse yourself,
you despise them as phantoms.
Psalms 73:16-20 ESV
When referencing verses 18 and 19, C. H. Spurgeon said, “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.” At any moment God can remove his hand.
1 – Asaph’s Retrospective Statement (v.1)
2 – Asaph’s Confession. (v.2-3)
3 – Asaph’s Perspective of the Wicked. (v.4-12)
4 – Asaph’s Self-pity. (v.13-15)
5 – A Proper Perspective. (v.16-17)
- Psalms 63:1-3
6 – The Perilous Position of the Wicked. (v.18-20)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
7 – Asaph’s Repentance. (v.21-22)
- Acts 3:19
- 1 John 1:8-10
8 – Praise for the Providence and Promise of God. (v.23-26)
- Romans 8:31
- Romans 8:35-39
9 – Your Position Determines Your Reward. (v.27-28)
10 – Your Perspective Should Lead To Proclamation
- Matthew 28:19-20