Psalm 73:1-3 (JDV)
Psalm 73:11 God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart.
Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray.
Psalm 73:3 You see, I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Asaph is one of my heroes. He talked about God’s goodness and he admitted his own weakness in the same breath. He got it right. We fail God when we blame him for our own lack of commitment and courage. When we envy the wicked for their temporary prosperity, our feet are getting ready to slip.
As a hiker, I know the danger of slippery ground. It can look just like the ground you were on a minute ago, but one wrong step, and splat! I have had a number of falls, some of them resulting in injury. As a result, I am more cautious now.
We need to be cautious in our spiritual walk. Some of the people we respect may not deserve our respect. Some of the ideas we cherish need to be rethought.
LORD, give us cautious feet, so that we do not bring dishonor to your name.