Psalm 73:25-26: Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73 is a psalm that I would encourage you to read in its entirety. It is the psalm of Asaph, a worship leader. Asaph is going through a testing of his faith. He has let his sights become focused on the wicked and their prosperity. He looks outward at their lives and cannot understand why they do not seem to have any struggles. He observes that they are carefree yet their wealth increases. Asaph goes on to say that the wicked are “free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills” (Ps. 73:5). Asaph is wrestling with the question that we all ask at times: Why does the wicked seem to prosper?
In the first twelve verses of this psalm, Asaph is caught up in his own jealousy towards the wicked who seem to prosper greatly. He looks outward and doesn’t like what he sees. Then in verses 13-15, he begins to look inward at himself. Asaph writes that although he has kept his heart pure and has led an innocent life, it has all been in vain. He writes: “All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning” (Ps. 73:14).
Then finally, in verses 16-28, Asaph begins to look upward and he gains the right perspective. Asaph says that he could not begin to understand this age old question until he entered the “sanctuary of God.” It was in the temple that his faith was renewed and he once again was able to understand God’s ways. He begins to realize that those who are unrighteous and lead a seemingly carefree life, will have judgment come upon them quickly. God has placed them on slippery ground and in God’s time, the wicked will have to answer for their wrongdoings.
Asaph also remembered something that was very crucial to his faith. He was able to see that the righteous will be rewarded with a future in glory. In heaven, we will be near to God, and will live with Him for an eternity. Asaph slowly began to realize that he must not focus or worry about why it is that the wicked seem to prosper. His acknowledges that his focus must be on God and His promise to those who try to do what’s right.
In one of my favorite verses of scripture, Asaph says: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Ps. 73:25). God is enough, God is my portion, I am content with God. God guides us and he watches over us and one day he will take us home and reward us with a future in glory. For now, God is our “refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
God is enough, God is all that I need! Amen!