Psalm 73:25, 26 - Christ Is Our All In All.

Psalm 73:25, 26 - Christ Is Our All In All.

Psalm 73:25-26 (NLT) Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you 
more than anything on earth. 26 My health may fail, and my spirit may 
grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine 


There is no one in heaven who can be compared with God. No one 
"can be to me what God is" (Barnes)... God is all-sufficient. All my 
happiness centers in Him. This intimacy of devotion is one of the cardinal 
teachings of the book of Psalms (see Ps. 42:1, 2; 63:1)... God was the 
source of the psalmist's happiness. God was his all in all. Prompted by 
this verse, Charles Wesley (1707-88), on his deathbed, dictated to 
his wife one of his 6,500 hymns, in which appear the words: "Jesus, 
... strength of my failing flesh and heart." [SDA Bible Commentary] 

   The psalm begins with "God is good" and ends with "It is 
good" (v. 28), but between those statements, things are not so good! 
   The philosopher. Asaph's basic premise was correct: God is 
good. But when he pondered the success of the wicked and the sorrows 
of the righteous, he began to falter in his faith. It seemed that 
he was wasting his time and energy being faithful to God because 
the unfaithful received all the blessings. He did not realize that 
what he called "good" was not what God would call "good." He was 
walking by sight and not by faith. 
   The worshiper. The turning point came when he went into the 
sanctuary and started looking at things from God's viewpoint The important 
thing is not so much what you own or enjoy but where you are going. 
What good is an easy death (v. 4) if it ushers you into pain? When 
life seems unfair, take time to worship and get your spiritual vision 
properly focused. 
   The friend. Asaph realized that because he had God as his 
Friend, he needed nothing else. He had more than the wicked, and what he 
had would last forever. God would hold him, guide him, strengthen 
him, satisfy his spiritual desires--and one day, take him to heaven! 
   We are not philosophers, living on man's explanations. We are 
pilgrims, living on God's promises, and His promises never fail. [Chapter 
by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

Probably you can understand Asaph's feelings. He'd tried all his 
life to be a good person. He'd tried to serve God. But all he'd 
gotten in return was sickness, hardships, and more troubles than he 
cared to name. Of course, what really bothered Asaph was that he knew 
people with no faith at all who were healthy and strong, rich and 
carefree! No wonder Asaph was discouraged, and had begun to feel that "in 
vain have I kept my heart pure." What good is a faith that doesn't 
work in this world? What good is a faith that seems to bring more 
plagues and punishments on the believer than the world's wicked have to 
endure? The psalm tells us that Asaph struggled with these thoughts in 
silence. And then, suddenly, one day in God's sanctuary, Asaph found his 
answer! Asaph realized that the troubles he experienced were gifts from 
God, and that the easy life granted the wicked was actually "slippery 
ground"! What Asaph gained was a perspective that you and I need to keep 
constantly in mind. The easy life of the wicked is no reward, for it leads 
them away from any dependence on God! Why turn their thoughts to the 
Lord when they feel no need of His help? Yet, one day soon, they will 
be "swept away by terrors," for they will awaken to realize that 
this world is the dream, and eternity the reality. And Asaph? Asaph, 
now ashamed of his earlier jealousy of the wicked, realized that the 
very trials he had hated had led him again and again to God in 
prayer. Only through his troubles had Asaph discovered God as "the 
strength of my heart and my portion forever." [The 365-Day Devotional 
Commentary re Psalm 73] 


   The psalmist had tested and experienced the beauty, glory, 
and excellency of the Lord; that is why he could proclaim that there 
was nothing or no one in all the earth that he wanted or treasured 
more than God. He had seen God as he truly was-- as his shepherd, his 
counselor, his victory, his refuge, and his sustainer. Therefore, he knew 
that all his needs and desires were fulfilled in God and that he 
would always be the strength of his heart and life, even when his 
health failed or the aging process brought weakness. 
   If we see and experience Jesus as he is, we, too, will value 
him above every earthly pleasure, possession, or relationship. 
Though our vision of God is often dim and "we see things imperfectly as 
in a poor mirror" (1 Corinthians 13:12), we can ask for the 
spiritual eyes to see the Lord and for our hearts to so experience his 
presence that we will treasure him and be more thrilled by him than by 
anything on earth, Dedicate some time today for praising and thanking God 
that he is and always will be the strength of your heart and yours 
   LORD, I want to know, see, and experience you in fresh ways 
so I can truly say that I desire you more than anything on earth! 
You and you alone are the strength of my heart. You are all that I 
need, and I am so thankful that you are mine forever. Nothing can 
separate me from your love. Open my eyes, and grant me fresh vision to 
constantly see your beauty and your love for me. [Praying Through The Bible 
By Fuller re Psa. 73:25, 26] 

   Religious teachers from all religions throughout the 
centuries, including Christianity, have looked down on desire as an 
unspiritual attitude. In Buddhism, it's the root of all suffering; in some 
Islamic and Christian teaching, it has often been considered the root of 
sin. Perhaps desire is held in such contempt because human nature 
points it in so many wrong directions. But good desire-the deep and 
true longing of the heart-is a God-given attribute designed to lead 
to fulfillment. When we turn our longings in the right direction, 
God satisfies them with Himself.  
   Jesus told His disciples to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, 
and all their other concerns would be taken care of (Matthew 6:33). 
That's because we were designed to love Him above all else, and life 
doesn't work well if we don't get that right. His purpose is 
relationship. That's the driving force behind creation. God loves to be longed 
for and delights in those who delight in Him. The attitude of the 
psalmist is music to His ears.  
   Let this verse be a personal statement of desire. You can 
have meticulously correct doctrinal beliefs and strong faith, but if 
a longing for God doesn't drive you, you've missed His heart. That 
would be tragic-for Him and for you. The God who is love and who says 
His name is Jealous wants your passion above all else. He has the 
works of many servants and the thoughts of many theologians, but He 
doesn't have the hearts of many lovers. Not fully. Be one of those whose 
desire connects with His.  
   Lord, I know You want my passion more than You want my 
doctrine, my understanding, my obedience, or even my faith. I realize 
these things are related, and You really want them all. But above all 
else, You want my love. I really do desire You more than anything on 
earth. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 

   Personally, I find these some of the most enchanting words in 
the whole of the Old Testament. The first part of verse 25 is put in 
a negative, and the second in a positive form. Having looked 
around and seen that there is no satisfying substitute for the 
Almighty, the psalmist goes on to make the positive assertion that from 
the bottom of his heart he desires to know God. He has come to see 
(so I believe) that it is more important to desire God for who He is 
than for what He does or what He gives. In a sense, the psalmist's 
entire problem arose out of the fact that he had put what God gives in 
the place of God Himself. The ungodly were having a good time while 
he was having a bad time. Why was he having to suffer like this? 
His trouble was that he had become more interested in the things God 
gives than in God Himself, and when he didn't have the things he 
wanted, he began to doubt God's love. Now, however, he has come to the 
place where he desires God for Himself. The ultimate test of the 
Christian life is whether we desire God for Himself or for what He gives. 
Each one of us must ask ourselves: "Do I desire God more than 
forgiveness? More than release from my problems? More than healing of my 
condition? More than gifts and abilities?" How tragic that our prayers can 
be full of pleadings that show, when they are examined, that we are 
more interested in enjoying God's blessings than we are in enjoying 
   O Father, forgive me that so often I am concerned more with 
Your gifts than I am with You - the Giver. Help me to long after You, 
not because of what You give me, but because of who You are. In 
Jesus' Name I ask it Amen. by Selwyn Hughes in Everyday Light 

   "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything." 
Perhaps you've heard such nonsense before; it's a common enough 
statement from people who can't see past our current physical existence. 
Perhaps those who say it haven't thought through the implications, but 
plenty of terminally ill patients can testify that there's a hope 
greater than our health. Even when we're wasting away, an eternal flame 
burns within those who are born of the Spirit.  
   Paul said as much in describing the afflictions he bore in 
his own body (2 Corinthians 4:7-12). There's a glorious power within 
us, an imperishable treasure contained in these perishable vessels. 
If we walk through life with a limp, we still walk with the 
strength of God showing up in our weakness. If we are attacked by a 
disease, it cannot touch our spirits. Though we taste death, we overcome 
it. Yes, God gives us wonderful promises for healing and often does 
miracles in our bodies. But even when we don't experience that blessing, 
we have greater promises for more lasting blessings. If God is the 
strength of our heart, no weakness really matters.  
   Embrace the psalmist's statement: "he is mine forever." There 
really is no other passion that lasts forever, but this one not only 
lasts, it grows. When the world shakes-and it often does-only one 
relationship, one security, one truth can't be shaken. He is the stability and 
permanence we long for. No matter what is happening in your world today, 
hang on to the imperishable, unending Spirit within you. He is your 
life, and nothing can take Him away.  
   Lord, You are the strength if my heart, and I know I can rely 
on You in any situation. I face threats to my health, safety, and 
security in this world, but that isn't my life. You are. Help me stay 
anchored in You. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen] 


I am with you. These four words are like a safety net, 
protecting you from falling into despair. Because you are human, you will 
always have ups and downs in your life experience. But the promise of 
My Presence limits how far down you can go. Sometimes you may feel 
as if you are in a free fall, when people or things you had counted 
on let you down. Yet as soon as you remember that I am with you, 
your perspective changes radically. Instead of bemoaning your 
circumstances, you can look to Me for help. You recall that not only am I with 
you, I am holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My 
counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory. This is exactly the 
perspective you need: the reassurance of My Presence, and the glorious hope 
of heaven. (Zep. 3:17; Psa. 73:23-26) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

Some people think that only the weak need God, but the fact is 
that all of us are weak. Our flesh fails; our heart fails. But when 
we find our strength in God, our weakness turns to strength (2 Cor. 
12:10). [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 


   I never thought I had many idols in my life until I got 
married. Isn't it funny how marriage reveals all those sins we thought we 
had hidden? All the selfishness seems to come out, and we find out 
how sinful we really are! 
   After we had been married for about ten years, my husband 
decided to leave a lucrative sales job and open a restaurant. The next 
three years were extraordinarily difficult. It was during this time 
that God revealed some of the idols I had been worshiping 
unknowingly. One of those idols was my husband himself. When we had 
difficulties with finances, or really anything else, he had always figured 
something out and made it work. Now, our business was failing, so I 
expected him to solve the problem. But this time he had no answers, and 
when he began to struggle, I fell apart. That's when God showed me 
that I was looking to my husband when I should have been looking to 
God. He showed me that I can't expect my husband to be perfect or to 
have all the answers. I had to trust God to work in his life and in 
mine as well. 
   God allowed me to be completely broken so I could realize 
that he--not my husband--would forever be "the strength of my heart." 
The business failed, but God's purposes did not. He used that 
difficult time to reveal himself to us and to strengthen our marriage and 
our faith. 
   Debbie Graves, a freelance writer, part-time college English 
instructor, Sunday school teacher, and small-group leader, lives in 
Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three children. [The One Year 
Bible Live Verse Devotional] 

   In 1977 we packed up our four children and various animals to 
move from our home state of Texas to the Arizona desert, where we 
would be ministering with The Navigators, a lay Christian 
organization. This was an enormous upheaval for us all; we were leaving a 
successful veterinary practice, family, friends--and Texas chili. 
   I was concerned about good friends and schools for our 
children and apprehensive about what the future held for my husband and 
me. We had prayed diligently about this move, and I knew God was 
going before us, but it wasn't until I read Psalm 73:25-26 that my 
heart was comforted and strengthened. 
   God's Word reminded me to keep my focus on him and not on my 
circumstances, to trust him with all my heart, and to know that he would always 
be with me. These precious words from God proved true not only for 
that transition in my life, but also for all the other changes I have 
encountered over the years. 
   Cynthia Heald, a speaker on staff with The Navigators and a 
founder of the Women of Faith movement, is the author of several books, 
including the best seller Becoming a Woman of Excellence and Maybe God Is 
Right After All. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 








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