PSALM 73:25-28 (NASB)
Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works …
One eventually comes to an all important and all-consuming realization that everything about life is utterly and completely dependent upon God alone. Many times awakening to this reality comes through difficult circumstances, or even at the impending reality of one’s mortality.
What could happen in and through the one who allowed the glory and greatness of God to interrupt their worldview, and undo their present reality, that it would ruin them for anything and everything else? Who could ever compare, in any way, to God?
What could compare, in any way, to His power and promises over us?
None could ever compete. His presence and His provision are everything.
It’s the one who abandons themself to God’s singular desire that will be awakened to a supernatural source of love, power, and peace that is unparalleled by anything else. I believe this is the course of Isaiah, Moses, Mary, David, Abraham, and Jacob. I believe this is what would cause a prophet like Jeremiah to say and do the things He said and did. I believe this was the sight of the psalmist who wrote this intimate language of affection: Whom have I — in ANY CONTEXT AT ALL — that is like You?
It’s the realization of our fragility, especially when compared to His holiness. It’s the great awareness that though completely sovereign and entirely Holy in every way, His nearness is our good. And it’s the humility in the awareness that in His holiness, He would even desire to draw near to us.
What a gloriously and beautifully profound promise, that we, though undeserving, can have this intimate relationship and access to God, because of Jesus?
May this stir up a passion and a deep desire for unity in our hearts and minds.
May we develop a singular and glorious obsession for Him alone. And may that singular glorious obsession for God call us to a devoted mind and a deepened, humbled, surrendered, and obedient heart.
“The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart.”
- Alan Redpath