Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Oh, Lord, whom have I in heaven but You? There is no one else that I can turn to besides You. When all else has failed, You will never fail. You Lord are my strength and all that I need forever. There is nothing that will surprise You Lord. Nothing that You don’t already know. You are my everything. My great All in All.
We have fellowship with God if we desire. Prayer is our opportunity to be in the very presence of God. It provides a place, a structure to meet with God. Prayer offers believers a means of acknowledging the character and the purposes of God along with the opportunity to seek guidance and hear from Him.
That is what our verse is saying. It’s the psalmist’s prayer to God. The psalmist is crying out to God with an understanding of who God is and where his prayers are offered. The direction of his prayer is offered upward towards God.
I have offered this thought from time to time that “God is as close as a whisper”. If you desire to speak with Him, He will listen. God is everywhere and He resides in every thought we have. So when we call upon God, He will respond.
Longing for God is a deep desire to always be where God is. Scripture often compares this longing for the presence of God as hunger or thirst. The psalmist is crying out with that same hunger or thirst. He says, “There is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail.” Longing for God can only be satisfied by you and me through Jesus Christ. “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35 NKJV)
As I contemplate the incredible and awesome character of God, I find myself in a place of adoration. Adoration for me is a place of extreme worship, love, and reverence for God. Worshiping God is turning to Him in awe, praise and joy, as we realize how incredibly wonderful God is. And for me, prayer is a natural part of my worship. It is a celebration of the worthiness of God. “Great is the Lord, and great to be praised in the city of our god, in His holy mountain.” (Psalm 48:1 NKJV)
Only God truly merits honor and praise. His nature, His character, His everlasting love for us, and His never ending mercy and grace towards us are incomparable, for which He deserves all praise. “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Friend, our supreme reason for human existence is to worship God, the Creator of all things, for all the things He is. That is what the psalmist was saying. Our love for God is grounded in His nature, in His words and actions, and certainly in the death of His Son, Jesus on the cross. Jesus Christ’s total giving of Himself reveals God’s love for us; sinners in need of a Savior. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (John 10:1 NKJV)
Holy and loving God, we give You praise for who You are. Who else do we have God besides You. You are our strength and our portion. You are our All in All; our everything. Thank You God that You enable us to be strong in the face of adversity. You are faithful to Your promises. May we trust You in all things. God, without You, my flesh and my heart would fail. Forgive me God when my thoughts are far from You. Forgive me God when I decide to do it all myself. Forgive me God and bring me back into Your presence. Help me to remain in Your awesome and glorious presence. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!