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The Way Back to Peace:Psalm 73 (Asaph)

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On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

Psalm 73 by Asaph, the Lead Singer and Prophet

Taught by Dr Victor Paul Wierwille 

 

You see, we have the same discomfort and the same loss today when we lose the peace. And you lose the peace when you lose the grace, the mercy, the love, the power. When you walk away from that, move away from that, you lose the peace. And here’s a prophet, the lead singer of all the singers of the Levites and a prophet, and he loses it. And the 73rd psalm is just a fantastic revelation and that is where I…what I wanna really share with you today.

Remember about “know thy self,” the more you look at yourself, the more miserable you get? I wanna take it a step further today. Not only is it like self-introspection, but when you look around at others and you look at the world, you get miserable and you lose it. And that’s why, here in Psalm 73, verse 1:

Psalms 73:1:

…Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a [what?] clean heart. “…clean heart.” He’s good to them that are of a clean heart.

Psalms 73:2:

But [in contrast] as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

He was on a banana peeling, heading out in a hurry. {laughter} Why? Why? Here it is:

Psalms 73:3a:

For I was envious…

“I was envious.” Can you imagine? The lead singer, a prophet, a man of God, envious?

Psalms 73:3b:

…envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the [what?] {wicked}.

He was envious at the prosperity of the wicked ‘cause the wicked had a better salary than he did. They had finer automobiles; they had bigger houses. Of course they were in debt to the finance company, but that doesn’t make any difference, had the big show! “And all I am is just the lead singer to those Israelites. Oh, yes, once in a while God gives me revelation.” {laughter} See?

Psalms 73:3b:

…I was envious…when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Verse 4:

Psalms 73:4:

For there are no bands in their death:…their strength is firm.

What he’s saying there: “They’re not sick all the time. They’re not being attacked all the time. I as the lead singer and as a prophet, everything happens to me all the time. Everyday there’s something comes up to hurt me or endeavor to hurt me. They don’t have those problems.”

Psalms 73:4b:

…their strength is firm.

Verse 5:

Psalms 73:5:

[They’re] not in trouble [like I am] as other men; neither are they [beset or] plagued like

other men.

Man, this reads to me like God wrote it this morning! {laughter} Boy, oh, boy! How many times haven’t you looked at people around you and tried to conduct your life or thinking according to what you saw around you.

Psalms 73:6a:

Therefore [verse 6] pride…

Pride. Pride! He was, number one, envious. Here is what?

Psalms 73:6b:

…[pride compassed] pride [compassed] them about…

Yes, but he didn’t see that it was this pride and other stuff until later when he gets greater light, but he writes it here and it’s accurate.

Psalms 73:6b-7a:

6b…[compassed] them about as a chain; [and] violence covereth them as a garment.

7aTheir eyes stand out with fatness…

You know, they’re googly-eyed because of the material things.

Psalms 73:7b:

…[man] they have more than [any] heart could wish [for].

You know, not one farm, not two farms, three, four, ten. Not one house, two house, three house. Not one car, three-car-garages and still building on. Gotta go back to Texas, I guess, and the basics. {laughter} Ha-ha-ha.

Psalms 73:7b:

…more than heart could [what?] wish.

Man, how many times I haven’t seen that through the years. Out in the senses world, man, they’re rolling in money (the way it looks), they got a lot of things, material things. You know, big boats, all that other stuff. Most of ‘em ain’t got a Harley though. {laughter} Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. {applause and

cheering} Even though it may take 30 years to get it but I got one, baby. {laughter} I’m expecting to bring it out to you here one of these days. Maybe I’ll drive it right up here and set it the front of the room.

{applause and cheering} Hey. Ha.

Verse 8 says:

Psalms 73:8:

They are corrupt [they’re corrupt], and speak [what?] wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

They say, “Ha-ha! Look what you got; look what we got. Yeah, you Christian? You’re a believer?

Look what you got, look what I got.” See?

Psalms 73:9a:

They set their mouth against the heavens… That means they set their mouth against God.

Psalms 73:9b:

…and their tongue walketh through the earth.

Ha-ha. And says, “Oh, look at us! Look at us! Their God, nuts to God! I don’t need God. God’s dead. There ain’t no God anyway. So, what are you stewing about?”

Psalms 73:10-11:

10Therefore his people return hither: [verse 10] and waters of a full cup are wrung out [of] them.

11And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? “No.” Verse 12. Verse 12. Ha-ha.

Psalms 73:12a:

Behold, these are the ungodly…

You see, he’d lost his peace. Now he begins to rebuild, he begins to see. There’s a turning point coming in here pretty soon.

Psalms 73:12-13:

12…these are the ungodly who prosper in the world; they increase in [what?] riches.

13Verily I [13, here it is] have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands [where]

{in innocency}.

“You know, I’ve been all out for God, standing on the Word, witnessing, doing all of that. Those… Look what I got. Nothing, compared to what they got out there!” So he says, “I’ve cleansed my heart, I did this, in vain. Washed my hands.”

Psalms 73:14-15:

14For all the day long have I been [what?] plagued, and [I’ve been beat all the time]… 15If I [verse 15, if I] say [if I say], I will speak thus; behold, I [shall] offend against the generation of thy children.

Then verse 16. Verse 16. Here’s the turning point, here’s the way back to peace.

Psalms 73:16:

When I thought to know this, it was too [what?] painful [painful, was too painful] for me;

“All of this was too painful.”

Psalms 73:17:

Until [verse 17] I went into [what?] the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

The reason he understood their end is because he learned to understand his own end, if he kept going what would happen to him. See, his peace was gone because his love for God was gone. God’s grace had been forgotten, God’s mercy, God’s power, until he turned back to God, until he went back into the sanctuary…

Psalms 73:17b:

then [I] understood…their end.

Verse 18:

Psalms 73:18-21:

18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! [they’re] utterly consumed with terrors.

20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21Thus my heart [verse 21] was [what?] grieved [he was grieved], and I was pricked in my reins.

“Reins” are “mind.” Mind. In the mind. He was pricked in the mind.

Psalms 73:22:

So foolish was I [verse 22], and ignorant: I was [a beast] as a beast before thee.

Now he’s changed. Now he’s changed, he’s out of the woods. Now he’s back to only beholding God and his Word. Not self, not others, but only God and His Word.

Psalms 73:23-24:

23Nevertheless I am [what? verse 23] continually [what?] with thee: thou hast holden

me by my right hand.

24Thou shalt guide me with thy [what?] counsel, and afterward receive me to glory [the hope].

If this life were all that there is, and that is all that there is in the thinking of the vast majority of peoples of the world, that it’s just this… But it isn’t! You and I know Christ is coming back. We know of the hope of the return.

Verse 24:

Psalms 73:24:

Thou shalt guide me with thy [what?] {counsel}, and afterward receive me [where?] to

glory.

That’s what blessed him. Verse 25:

Psalms 73:25a:

Whom have I…

“…really. Who have I got anywhere?”

Psalms 73:25:

Whom have I [got] in heaven but thee? and [there’s] none upon earth [what?] I desire beside thee.

Verse 26:

Psalms 73:26a:

My flesh and my heart faileth…

“My flesh and my heart…” I wish I were the man I know to be, but my flesh and my heart faileth.

Psalms 73:26-27a:

26but God [but God, even in the midst of all of that, God] is the strength of [what?] my heart, and my portion [how long?] for ever.

27aFor, lo, [verse 27] they that are far from thee shall perish…

What should it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but what? Lose his own soul. When you look at self, you’re miserable. When you look at others, you get discouraged and that issues in misery. Then you get envious, prideful, and you lose your peace because you have failed to adhere to the grace of God, lit…to understand and walk on the grace of God or the mercy of God or the love of God or the power of God. And when the peace is gone, when that peace is gone, well, you’re just [Dr. Wierwille makes a splatting sound] heading down and you’re just miserable. God did not make us to be miserable. He made us more than conquerors; He made us to have a more than abundant life; to be joyful in believing.

Psalms 73:27-28:

27For, lo, [verse 27] they…are far [they are far from] from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD [Jehovah Elohim, Jehovah Elohim, the Lord GOD] that I may declare all thy works.

This Levite, a prophet, screwed up, saw it, lost his peace, but look how he came back. In that record in 1 John or in the records in 1 John it says if we confess our sin, He, God is what? {faithful} Faithful and just to do what? {forgive us} And to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. When we received remission of sins originally, he wiped it out, all gone, started us out brand new. Then when we break fellowship, if we confess…and it’s just not saying the word, baby. It’s not just saying, “Well Lord, I’m sorry I got drunk last night.” That’s a bunch of baloney. It has to be an inner recognition. Any stupid bird could say the word “I’m sorry I sinned.” Anybody could say that. It isn’t in just saying it, it’s in knowing it on the inside. You know, if you’re happy living in sin ‘cause you know next morning you can again go to God and… Aw, you won’t get any forgiveness. You’re fooling yourself. But if we confess it, He is faithful and just to do what? {forgive us} And cleanse us of what? All unrighteousness.

In the Old Testament, God could only cover their sin. It was like the lid on a garbage can. But with the coming of the Day of Pentecost and with God in Christ in you, it’s not a covering, it’s a cleansing, it says. He has cleansed us from all sin; washed it out; cleansed it. Man, God looked forward to this day and time in which you and I live, that we could be His cleansed, righteous sons and daughters of God, to stand for Him and the Word over the world! It is He who has called us, people!

Now, ha-ha, peace. A million times (that’s a figure of speech, but I must’ve done it a million times) situations, environment, somebody, you get a little unpeaceful, you lose it. [Dr. Wierwille snaps his fingers] But I’ve come to place I don’t try to lose it very long. You know how I react? The first time I get a sober thought after that, the first thing I do is speak in tongues. Speak in tongues, worshipping Him. (God is Spirit, can be worshipped only via spirit and what? Truth. Spiritually.) So I speak in tongues, and baby, it still works. And then speaking in tongues tells me that God in Christ is still in me. And then I get to thinking, “Well, praise the Lord! He’s still here. Nuts to the people who have disturbed my spiritual equilibrium.” And then…then I know everything’s okay with me and I know it’s okay with Him. I know I’m still saved and I know I’m still His son and I know I’m still redeemed, blessed, have everything God made available. All I need to do is just walk in the light as He is the light. That’s the day. Thank you!

{applause and cheering} That’s it.