Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26
This is my third posting on Psalm 73. Previously, we’ve seen that this Psalm is a song of repentance. Asaph, the psalmist, is repenting from wrong thinking–wrong thinking about God, wrong thinking about himself, and wrong thinking about the world around him. Upon his repentance, Asaph discovers the blessings of right thinking. He sees that God has always been and will always be his source of wisdom, strength, and life itself.
In Psalm 73 we see the contrast between worldly perspectives and Godward thinking. Thinking rightly about God brings us back to what is true. It calls to mind what we have as those called out of darkness, into His marvelous light, (1 Peter 2:9). It reminds us that the treasure of our sweet communion with God surpasses the entirety of the riches this world can supply.
In this song, we have seen how wrong thinking on our part results in envy, despair, anxiety, fear, and every other kind of sin. It clouds our view of both ourselves (who we are in Christ), and God (who has granted us every blessing in the heavenly places). The fact of the matter is, the only way to have a right view of ourselves is to have a right view of God. AW Tozer reminds us in his classic book, The Knowledge of the Holy, that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” The most important thing about us!
What comes to mind when you think of God? Do you think about what you’d like Him to do? Do you dwell on what He hasn’t done for you? Or, do you find yourself in speechless awe that the creator of all that exists has a thought of you at all?
The best way to start the day is to meditate on who God is, what He has done, and what He promises yet to do. In the first of his two epistles, the apostle Peter tells us that we are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people for God’s own possession.” Contemplate what it means that we are “God’s own possession.” This is not true because we are something special in ourselves. It’s true because we are in Christ and it’s Jesus Christ who’s special.
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;I have made the Lord God my refuge,That I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:28