In the world but not of it

August 10, 2010

Fat Cats…

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These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! Psalm 73:7

This passage as it is translated in the NLT is quite profound in the use of “fat cats” to describe those in the world who completely reject God yet seemingly thrive in all areas of life.

Asaph, the author of this Psalm spends nearly half of it discussing how frustrating it is to live a holy life while the rest of the world seems to be getting everything they want and enjoying it. This entire Psalm clearly spells out the thoughts many of us have now, had in the past or will have at one point in the future.

Perhaps you’ve shared the sentiment voiced by Asaph.

You have stood and watched many fat cats in the world with complete disregard for anything moral continue to get richer, continue to oppress those that work hard and get the things they want without any issue.

We can get really worked up when we observe the fat cats and how they are impervious to the pains and problems that plague us. We can become envious, jealous and ultimately bitter. Asaph actually noted that in verse 21 “Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside”.

We get that way more because our own desires are selfishly motivated and not always because we want what is right for everyone. Of course, there are many times when we see an injustice and we are passionate about it, but in this context we are discussing more the profit of the wicked in contrast with the pains of the godly.

But like Asaph, it was only when he went into the sanctuary, to that place where the word of God is taught that his perspective was shaped, that reality settled in.

So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Psalm 73:16-17

When you find yourself becoming too concerned about the prosperity, success and life of those around you it’s time to get back to the sanctuary. It’s time to get back with God and get a reality check so our hearts are not tainted by the outward, temporal things around us and then like Asaph we too will say…

But as for me, how good it is to be near God! Psalm 73:28

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