Sermon notes: Psalm 73

Last night I had the honor of preaching a sermon on Depression, Worldliness and the Presence of God (Psalm 73). For those interested here’s the audio:

Psalm 73 – Tony Reinke – 7/30/06 – Audio (mp3)

Summary: Depression covers the heart when we envy the comforts and excesses of the ungodly (vv. 1-16). To help us out of depression and protect us from it we are reminded that God’s eternal judgment is near (vv. 17-22) and His presence is here (vv. 23-28).

(Tony S. Reinke, Omaha Bible Church, 7/30/2006 PM – 47:26 – 21 MB – Psalm 73:1-28, Psalm 16:8,11; Philippians 3:18-19).

8 thoughts on “Sermon notes: Psalm 73

  1. Dear; Reverend Reinke

    The reason I have come to your site is because of my recent interest on the subject of depression and confronting it’s nature with ministry. I have recently been given the challenge of a individual who suffers from this infirmity.
    It is heart wrenching to find one so disturbed. My education has taken me places and introduced me to this subject matter both in the classroom, work and personal experience. To the individual and their interaction with society as a whole (both in and outside the church), to them it leaves little room for comfort and security.
    I and my wife has a deliverance ministry, but coming to these valleys are somewhat perplexing and uncomfortable for me. However, my heart goes out to them because “there but for the grace of God goes I.” Today,I gave Psalm 55 and read it to a woman who suffered from clinical diagnosed depression with suicide thoughts. I read each verse to her and gave my understanding by way of the Holy Ghost as she read, questioned and followed me. The thing most important that I told her, was that she is not alone and even David a King suffered with this, from time to time. Verse 6 {I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest- I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” This scripture was how he felt but further he said in v.22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
    If only those who go through the deepest of despair find their hope rooted in such faith and not leaning to their own understanding. God Bless You for caring my brother.
    Pastor Sylvester

  2. […] An interesting thing happened to me recently to illustrate the point. When I was asked to preach on Psalm 73 (title: Depression, Worldliness and the Presence of God), I used more Puritan resources than on any other sermon I can recall (over 200 printed pages). However, I only quoted one Puritan, an excerpt from Jonathan Edwards’ sermon Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God. As you will see in the sermon notes, Edwards’ thoughts are authenticated by the text. […]

  3. I read your sermon notes on psalm 73and you missed it on many points. First and formost the psalmist says he almost stumbled. Why? he had become jealous of those increased by worldy gain and forgot God is good to Israel. Your whole point that Asaph was rationalizing and that if he were God he would only bless the just totaly misses it. That is exatly what God does blesses the just only. It seems to me in your essay you equate temporal blessings on the same plain as eternal blessings. Asaph came to realize that (as James so apply points out) every good and perfect gift comes down from God with whom there is is no shadow of turning and that the theif comes not to kill steal and destroy. Asaph entered the house of God and his definition of wealthy changed. The scriptures say there is therefore now now condemnation for true believers. Health -Eternal Life (can not get any healthier then that) Wealth -God is the source of the Christian’s blessings (even those that are in the monatary form) Prosperity -We move live and have our being in Him these are all signs of the true Church. It appears to me you are usings worldly definitions for health wealth and prosperity. True Christians do not do that. Asaph depression subsided when his understanding of true riches and God’s love for the righteous was revealed to him in his temple expierience.

    Just some thoughts

  4. Matt, I don’t totally track your arguments here. God blesses both the godly and the ungodly. The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. I make it very clear that health, wealth and prosperity is shown to be false from Psalm 73. Asaph learned that he was wealthy because he was saved from eternal judgment and because the presence of God is close. This wealth forms the substance of my sermon.

    Tony

  5. Tony, I have started reading the spurgeon.wordpress.com site and have explored it somewhat. Very interesting and I like everything so far.

    I downloaded the Ps 73 message and am
    enjoying that too. One note about that
    particular mp3 file – it has the numbers
    in the title reversed, so that in iTunes,
    as it plays, it displays “Ps. 37”. I looked
    at the file with a hex editor, and can see
    indeed that is in the header section of the
    file. I could patch it and send it back
    to you if you wish. Not important, but thought
    you would like to know.

    Thanks. And may the Lord bless you and your
    family.

    Boyd

  6. Tony,
    I listened with great interest in your commentary on Psalm 73. I have just produced a DVD (still doing voice over)on Psalm 73 & Psalm 77. Wonderful Psalms!
    I was quite amazed as to how in tune I was with you on 73. In fact I found some of your comments sufficiently helpful as to make some additions to my rendition.

    blessings

    John

  7. Pastor Tony, This is an excellent, well prepared message. Thank you for your faithful work in preparing and explaining God’s Word! Pastor Mark

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