24 “You guide me with 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.”
For many people, in the days of our youth, life has a certain allure. We have places to go, people to see, and things to do. Life is pregnant with the promise of seemingly limitless possibilities. However, with each new experience, we find that the persons, places, and things did not satisfy us like we thought they would.
As we’re experiencing this dissatisfaction, we may, at the same time, get bombarded by messages from the world telling us that something is wrong with us because the feelings we had in our youth are gone. Messages like “Carpe diem!” (Seize the day!), live each day like it is your last, and live life to the fullest are all well and good, but I suspect that many souls are using them for inspiration to try to capture the feelings that they had in their youth.
The world and its messages are passing away. The psalmist, Asaph, realized this and was looking to God for counsel (v.24). He knew that nothing on this earth could truly satisfy and made God his portion and sustenance (v.25, 26).
Augustine had it right when he said that “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” As the old saying goes, we have a God–shaped vacuum that only God can fill. Finite, created things–persons, places, things– leave us empty; only the infinite, Uncreated God can satisfy. As we gaze into his face, this truth is highlighted and we remember the old hymn:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus/
Look full in his wonderful face/
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim/
In the light of his glory and grace.
If the things of the world are growing strangely dim, we’re on the right track. If the world doesn’t feel like our home, we’re on the right track. That feeling is like the instinct within the salmon that drives it back to it’s native stream. Our native stream is heaven and we shouldn’t let the messages of the world sidetrack us from our journey.
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