Truth Treasure: The Treasure of Knowing Christ

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26

This passage comes right after the Psalmist complains to God that the wicked prosper while it seems he has kept his heart pure in vain. But then he remembers the final destiny of the wicked and admits to being ignorant in his complaints. He then comes to the conclusion that living for God is worth it. He has already concluded the wicked continually increase in wealth and live carefree lives here on earth (v.12), but now states that this earth has nothing to offer him; he delights in and desires nothing besides the Lord here on earth. He also noted earlier in the chapter that the ungodly seem to have no struggles and have healthy and strong bodies (v.4), yet now he decides that even though his body may fail, God is his firm strength and his portion. The psalmist acknowledges the wicked are going to perish but that his fate is different because he has drawn close to God and put his trust in the Lord (v.27-28).

Have you ever looked at unbelievers’ lives and envied them? Sometimes it seems they get away with anything and have picture-perfect lives. They appear to get along just fine without God. But when you start to get into that mindset, remember the psalmist’s conclusion: their fate is eternal punishment and that is not something to envy. Remember the treasure you have in knowing Christ here on earth and the great hope you have of spending a pain-free, sorrow-free eternity with your Savior.

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