As Ignorant As A Beast

So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Psalm 73:22-23

In this Psalm of Asaph, he refers to himself as “foolish” and “ignorant.”  He then says that he was “as a beast” before the Lord.  That seems fairly harsh.  I generally wouldn’t say that I am “as ignorant as a beast,” though many times in my life that has probably been true.  What was it that caused Asaph to make such a declaration?

In the first fifteen verses of this Psalm, he is thinking about all of the unrighteous people and is finding himself becoming jealous of them.  He even goes so far as to say “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain.”  He thought that, because the wicked seemed to be doing well and living care-free lives, it was pointless for him to have followed and obeyed the Lord. 

While we might read this account and be horrified that someone would actually think that, we might do well to check out own hearts to make sure that we do not have a little of that spirit within us.  It’s very easy to become jealous of those who do wrong.   It’s easy sometimes to get a “why me, God?” type of attitude when we face adversity and see others around us who don’t even know God seeming to prosper.

But then Asaph went to the house of the Lord and he “saw their end.”  When he considered that, he immediately understood that no matter what he was facing, his end was far, far better than theirs.  And that is the context in which he proclaims that he is as ignorant as a beast.

While I like animals, I have no desire to be as ignorant as one.  I had better keep my eyes on the Lord.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Another good teaching post! Looking at the end of unbelievers lives, if they don’t turn to Him, puts things into perspective really quick, doesn’t it. It saddens me so much and the jealousy vanishes.
    Speaking of beasts, we’re babysitting a bunny for the winter. She’s so cute and friendly, but has a few beastly habits. Like the desire to dig and chew, especially my bed and blankets. ! Very stubborn about it too, will keep coming back again and again after I move her away from it. Praying for God to change me, and thanking Him for that, so that I don’t keep coming back to things like being jealous of the unrighteous, even after He has showed me how to move away from it.
    God bless you and yours today!


    • The Bible has a way of putting everything in perspective! 🙂 Have fun with the bunny. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, but have never had a rabbit. Four “beasts” is enough for me! 🙂


  2. Oh my… “as ignorant as a beast”? Never heard that before. Thanks for the teaching lesson. 🙂

    ‘“Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain.” He thought that, because the wicked seemed to be doing well and living care-free lives, it was pointless for him to have followed and obeyed the Lord.’

    This says a lot, Ben. Sometimes we look around and see the wicked prosper but God has a reward for all of us. The good thing is, if the wicked repents, salvation is available to them as well.

    Thankful for His blood which covers all. Don’t want to be ignorant either.

    Debbie : – Bunnies are cuties but I’m told they’re very stubborn! 🙂 Praying alongside you.



    • I guess it all comes back to simple perspective. When you think about it, the wicked may have everything the could want on earth, but have nothing for eternity. In some cases, sadly and ironically, I think that many peoples’ physical possessions blind them to the need of a Saviour. He is calling to all if they will only answer.

      I am thankful too for His blood which covers all!


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