Tuesday Psalm 73
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire
beside you. My flesh and heart may fail, but God
is the strength of my heart and
my portion forever"
Psalm 73:25-26 ESV
This weekend I had the opportunity to go shopping in the city to take part in some of the Labour Day deals. Although I love shopping, (I'll spare you the monologue on the new outfits and decor I found ;) I was most pleased by something deeper. In my heart I felt a sense of satisfaction which made saying no to anything outside my budget very easy. I have experienced times when I've gone shopping and, unconsciously motivated by some kind of lack in my heart, found myself struggling with a driving sense of need for more stuff.
The writer of this Psalm, Asaph, gets real about a few things in this passage and one of them is his perception of how the wicked seem to be prospering while those who serve God are not. One thing he repeatedly points out is their apparent wealth and riches - how much stuff they have! Midway through the Psalm though, he lets us in on an encounter with God that changes everything for him. Suddenly the reality of the fickleness of earthly riches and positions became real to him which led him to the concluding statements found in our opening verses.
Asaph discovered that God was his portion.
That word portion is the Greek word "cheleq" which carries the meaning of an allotment, share or inheritance. The contrast described by Asaph here, among other things, is that through his encounter with God he realized God really was all he needed.
There can be all kinds of things that come into our hearts which cause us to look to only what we can experience by our five senses, sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, in order to try to feel significant. The world around us tells us we need more stuff, more money, more friends, better houses etc. in order to feel worthy. But that is because the world system does not rest in God. God stated how valuable we are to Him, when He sent His Son to die in order to make re-connection with Him possible.
The key is to connect with His value system so that our hearts are put to rest in His value of us.
Today, I pray you will encounter God as the provider of all your needs physical, material, spiritual and emotional. I pray you encounter Him just like Asaph did and that that encounter will bring such a deep sense of His peace and worthiness into your heart you too will exclaim, "God you are all I need!"