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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

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