What Do You Want?
There is none upon earth that I desire besides You. —Psalm 73:25
My friend Mary tells me that she doesn’t always sing all
the words to the hymns and choruses in a church
service. She says, “It doesn’t seem honest to sing, ‘All I
want is Jesus’ when my heart wants many other things
too.” I appreciate her honesty.
In verse 25 of Psalm 73, Asaph sounds like a spiritually
minded man who wants God only: “There is none upon
earth that I desire besides You.” But that’s not how he
began this psalm. Initially, he admitted that he wanted the
prosperity that others around him had: “For I was envious
of the boastful” (v.3). But when he drew near to God, he
recognized that he was foolish to be envious (vv.21-22,28).
Even when we know God, we are often distracted by the
prosperity of others. C. S. Lewis wrote, “It would seem
that our Lord finds our desires not too
strong, but too weak. . . . We are far too
easilypleased”with lesser things than Him.
What do we learn about God in this psalm that might help
when our desires distract us from God’s best? Well, we
see that even though we may be tempted to envy what
others have, He is continually guiding us and bringing us
back to focus on Him. He “is the strength of my heart and
my portion forever” (v.26). —Anne Cetas
Lord, we do believe that You are the place where true
satisfaction is found. But we’re weak and sinful and
easily distracted from Your best. Teach us to draw
near to You, and may You, in turn, draw near to us.
A daily dose of God’s wisdom will heal the heart disease of envy.
Our Daily Bread – June 7th 2014 – What Do We Want – Anne Cetas