I know that God is on good’s side, but I had nearly tripped,
when I beheld the wicked folks of wealth and bodies ripped.
They know no pain and do not strain to pay the monthly rent.
They’re proud and loud, contemptuous, malicious as they vent.
Since they get praised in many ways and faultless seem to be,
they think that God is deaf or bored and they’ll get off scot free.
I thought it was in vain that I had kept my own heart clean,
for ev’ry day I have been plagued, and ev’ry morning’s mean.
My gaze had strayed upon their ways when I remembered this,
God’s people, my community, are where I’ll find my bliss.
Within the circle of these friends, at worship and at play,
I find the purpose of my life and peace amid the fray.
Celebrity, prosperity, are slopes where many slip.
They fall to ruin in a trice with nothing there to grip.
Like dreams and nightmares that disturb the sanctity of rest,
The wages of vulgarity we certainly detest.
I wasted time in bitterness, in ignorance and doubt.
God didn’t harshly treat me or intend to throw me out.
At my right side to lead and guide with counsel wise and true,
eventually heaven. Who have I up there but you?
There’s not a thing on earth that I desire more than You.
My flesh will fail, my heart will stop, but this, I know, is true.
A death awaits each person, there is nothing I can do,
but make the Lord my refuge for it’s God who’ll see me through.
Source: Psalm 73
Text: © David Alexander, 2020