Psalm 73 is a wisdom psalm. The psalmist struggled to understand why the wicked prosper, and he was envious of them (vv. 2-3). They were saying that God didn’t even take knowledge of him; that He didn’t care about him (v. 11). His efforts to live a pure life seemed futile because all the while he himself was suffering (vv. 13-14). It was not until he finally sought God for answers that he came to understand the fearful destiny of the wicked in complete destruction (vv. 17-19). With a convicted and penitent heart, he then realized that he should never have complained and questioned God (vv. 21-22). He knew that God had always been there for him and would ultimately bring him to glory (vv. 23-24).
It is here that the psalmist exclaimed: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (vv. 25-26).
These verses are very personal. The psalmist used personal pronouns six times in these two verses. He was speaking to himself about what God meant to him, how God affected him and what God did for him. He had God and that was all that mattered to him.
Now, let me make it personal and I hope you will too. Who do I love more than You, O God? Who do I trust more? Who is more wonderful, more beautiful, more glorious? Who can do what You can do? Who can meet my needs and satisfy my soul as You? There is no one in heaven or on earth what You are to me. There is no substitute. There is no other. You are the only One.
You are my greatest blessing. You are the source of my every blessing. Since I have You, I have all I will ever need. Of all the glories of heaven, of all the angels of heaven, of all the wonders of heaven there is none that compares with You. Of all the glories upon the earth, the beauty of the flowers, the majesty of the mountains, the gleam of the blue seas, the wonder of the sunshine and of the stars at night there is none that compares with You, O God.
Yes, my flesh and my heart fail. I am weak. I don’t understand. I stumble and fall. I get sick. I hurt. I die. Even then You are all I need. You are the One who strengthens me in every moment of every need. You are my Rock. You are the One who sustains me in everything. You are my hope in temptation and trial, and in disappointment and death. You are my enduring and eternal hope. I have You, O God.
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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