READ TWICE and MEDITATE
Psalm 73:24–28. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?”
Thank you for guiding me, thank you for the hope of being in glory with you someday. I praise you for the abilities you have placed in my heart. The desires to seek you and to be mindful of you. Thank you for your nearness, and forever be my refuge.
Forgive me when I set my heart, my mind, my feelings on lesser things. Forgive me when I settle for the immediate rather than seeking the eternal
You and you alone are worthy of praise,
You and you alone will I proclaim
From Tim Keller’s book: “The Songs of Jesus”
NOTHING BUT YOU. The psalmist breaks through. “Whom have I in heaven but you?” (verse 25) means “If I don’t have you I have nothing—nothing else will satisfy or last.” We rightly want to be reunited with loved ones in heaven. What makes heaven heaven, however, is that God is there. Those who have gone before are not looking down at us fondly but rather are caught up in a never-ending fountain of joy, delight, and adoration. Augustine writes: “God alone is the place of peace that cannot be disturbed—and He will not withhold Himself from your love unless you withhold your love from him.” Life in glory with God (verse 24) will suffice for the healing of all wounds, the answering of all questions. Jesus has promised.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for how suffering drives me like a nail deeper into your love. It is not my earthly joys but my griefs that show me your grace is enough. “I live to show your power, who once did bring first my joys to weep, and now my griefs to sing.” Amen.
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