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God is my strength

Issue: "Daniel of the Year 1998," Dec. 5, 1998

While Ken Starr was spending 12-1/2 hours in the House lions' den, President Clinton was in Japan. Journalists accompanying the presidential entourage reported a sense of Clintonian ease far different from the tension that had gripped previous forays this year. For those arguing that the president should leave the office he has degraded, scenes of exultant White House aides were a bitter pill to swallow. But Psalm 73 seems to have been written for just such a time as this. Here are verses 3-24:
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
This is what the wicked are like-always carefree, they increase in wealth.
Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved.

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