I think Asaph was equal parts disillusioned/confused/angry/depressed.
In the first half of Psalm 73 he honestly admits that he is struggling with all that he sees around him. The wicked seem to prosper, while he struggles. It appears that evil is running rampant – seemingly going unchecked by God. He begins to wonder if his attempt to live a godly life is pointless. He is disillusioned/confused/angry/depressed.
The turning point in his attitude is found in verse 17:
“Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.”
He determined that instead of focusing on his circumstances and those around him, he would instead focus on God. He went into the sanctuary and worshiped. And then everything changed. Well, not everything – the circumstances didn’t change. What changed was his mindset. His attitude. His perspective.
He finally realized that the wicked are not to be envied because ultimately their life will end in disgrace and judgment. Though they seem stable and happy – ultimately they will be anything but. He then goes on to praise God for his strength and provision in his life. He acknowledges that only God gives real meaning and purpose; that eternal reward is found in him. He closes the Psalm by committing himself to seek God for strength and to tell others about him.
We live in a crazy world. At times it seems like it’s getting crazier by the day! Let us all learn a lesson from Asaph. Don’t focus on the people around us. Instead, focus on God. In so doing we will have a totally different perspective. This will keep us from growing pessimistic and discouraged. It is indeed worth the struggle to live for God in this fallen world. He is the Sovereign Lord and he will uphold us.
As Asaph wrote in verse 26:
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”