The prosperity of the wicked
(Thomas Watson, "The
"I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity
of the wicked. 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."
Psalm 73:3, 12-13
The children of God have little cause to envy the
prosperity of the wicked. They may have all they
desire; nay, they may have "more than heart
Psalm 73:7. They steep themselves in
"They sing to the music of tambourine
they make merry to the sound of the
21:12. The wicked are high—when
are low in the world.
The goats scramble up the mountains of prosperity;
when Christ's sheep are below in the valley of tears!
The wicked are clothed in purple; while the godly
are in sackcloth.
The prosperity of the wicked is
a great stumbling
block. But there is no cause of
envy them, if we
consider two things:
First—that this is all they have! "Son, remember
that you in your lifetime received your good things"
—you had all your heaven here.
Secondly—that God has laid up better things for
His children. He has prepared a kingdom of glory for
them! They shall have the beatific vision; they shall
be crowned with the pleasures of paradise forever!
Oh, then do not envy the fleeting prosperity of the
The wicked go through a pleasant way—to execution!
The godly go through a foul way—to coronation!
See how happy all the saints are at death! They go
to a kingdom! They shall see God's face, which shines
ten thousand times brighter than the sun in its meridian
glory. The godly at death shall be installed into their
honor, and have the royal crown set upon their head.
They have in the kingdom of heaven—the quintessence
of all delights. They shall lie in Christ's bosom, that bed
There is such a pleasant variety in the happiness of heaven,
that after millions of years it will be as fresh and desirable
as the first hour's enjoyment! In the kingdom of heaven,
the saints are crowned with all those perfections which they
are capable of. The desires of the glorified saints are infinitely
satisfied; there is nothing absent which they could wish might
be enjoyed; there is nothing present which they could wish
might be removed.
In the kingdom of heaven there is . . .
knowledge without ignorance,
holiness without sin,
beauty without blemish,
strength without weakness,
light without darkness,
riches without poverty,
ease without pain,
liberty without restraint,
rest without labor,
joy without sorrow,
love without hatred,
plenty without surfeit,
honor without disgrace,
health without sickness,
peace without discord,
contentment without cessation,
glory in its highest
Oh, the happiness of those who die in the
Lord! They go into this blessed kingdom!