Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
The true essence of our religion is that we recognise God as our only good, and that in Him we find absolute rest and perfect sufficiency.
do we live as if we believed that the man that had everything minus God is a pauper;
and the other who has God minus everything is ‘rich to all the intents of bliss’?
Let us shape our desires, aspirations, efforts, according to that certain truth.
The whole world, and all things in it, are nothing in comparison of God;
if a man was possessed of the whole of it, and had not interest in the Lord, he would be miserable;
and if he has an interest in him, he has enough without it;
for all things are his, God is all in all;
wherefore he is willing to leave all, and be with him for ever.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
My flesh and my heart faileth —
I find, by sad experience, my own weakness and inability to encounter such temptations, and bear, with becoming patience and resignation, such troubles, as I frequently meet with;
yea, I find myself a frail, dying creature, that shall shortly return to the dust. Both my flesh and heart, my body and soul may, and, unless supported by God, will soon fail.
But God is the strength of my heart — I have found him so; I do find him so, and hope I ever shall. As if he had said, Though I have no strength in myself, I have it in God, my never-failing refuge, to whom I will trust as long as I live.
And my portion for ever – The source of my happiness.
Not wealth, then;
not earthly friends;
not fame – will be my reliance and the ground of my hope;
but that which I shall regard as most valuable – my supreme joy and rejoicing – will be the fact that God is my friend and portion.