December 14th 2023
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. – Psalm 73:25 NIV
Where do you turn when you need someone or something you can rely upon? Do you look up to heaven? And if you do, to whom will you turn there? There are options one could turn to in heaven. There are angels, archangels, and departed saints. Can they help? Some believe they can help and they pray to them. Asaph the Psalmist is not denying that there are other occupants of heaven besides God. He’s saying that God is the only occupant of heaven he can actually rely upon. If it’s someone you can rely upon for whatever you need in life, then for all practical purposes there is no one in heaven other than God.
The psalmist turns to God, then, because only God can do what God can do. Only God can save and redeem us, sanctify us, comfort our souls, help us, guide our steps, and protect and defend us. Only God is worthy of our worship, worth praying to, worth placing our trust in, and worth seeking and serving. “For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?” (Psalm 89:6).
What about the earth? Is there anything on earth worth having besides God? The Psalmist is not denying there are things on earth worth having or desiring. Health, wealth, food, and clothing are all worth having and desiring. However, in comparison to God, they are nothing. It’s better to have God than to have as much of anything else you could want. If a person had everything worth desiring, but didn’t have God, he would be in a wretched state, whether he realized it or not. King David said, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing” (Psalm 16:2).
Psalm 73:25 is a psalm about priorities. Today, as you go about seeking and desiring everything you need, don’t forget the very first thing you should seek and desire.
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