"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has
nothing I desire besides you."
This beautiful confession of David’s reminds us of when Peter said centuries later, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). What a struggle it is for us to see beyond this place and this life… to imagine ourselves apart from our loved ones. We grip it all tightly, though there is beauty unending awaiting us in heaven. Do you trust the sovereignty of God that has exactly appointed each moment, even to your very last one?
It’s hard to pray this prayer with David when it seems there is much that I desire. I know the things I can see and feel and touch. But I also know that something greater awaits me. We can stake our whole lives on the Bible full of testimony of God’s unfailing love for us and fulfilled promises to us. From the confidence we gain in the Word, may we all concur with the words of the writer of Amazing Grace, John Newton, spoken just before he died: “My memory is nearly gone. But I remember two things: that I am a great sinner… and Christ is a great Savior!”
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND GOD WILL GROW IN YOU THE DESIRE FOR THAT MARVELOUS PLACE BEYOND THIS PLACE.