(By Rachel Joyce)
“Yet I still belong to You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever...but as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do” (Ps 73:23-28).
These verses are replete with glorious truth. I love the “but God.” No matter what our pain, no matter what our need or weakness or difficult circumstances, He remains the same. He is enough. He is our strength, our rock, our hope, our joy. When we fail, He remains faithful. When we feel we cannot go on, He provides the strength we need. When the future looks bleak, He is our joy. When the situation looks hopeless and we are tempted to despair, “His hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither is His ear heavy that it cannot hear.” Isa 59:1 These truths about the faithfulness and power of our God lead the psalmist to declare “But as for me, how good it is to be near God.” We have a choice. We can live close to Him or we can choose to keep Him at a distance. When we choose to invest in our relationship with Him, when we seek Him with all our hearts, we find Him so satisfying that anything else life has to offer pales in comparison to time in His presence. Sin loses its appeal. Nothing is worth jeopardizing the joy of His presence. All our hearts truly long for is found in Him. We are so blest!