23Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalms 73, ESV
Continuity is a medicine for us who are always on the edge of losing control. But the promise is for a continuous presence. There is no flickering, or no jumping about. God is steady. He does not flit or fluctuate. He is always, and forever, constantly focused with you.
He provides guidance, ‘free of charge’. We can experience many confusing days. We make the attempt to walk through them, but we quickly grasp our ineptitude. It goes very much better when He is speaking into our hearts. Since He is present with us on a continuous basis anyway, let us turn to Him for direction.
There is a realization in verse 25. An understanding of who and what is real. The psalmist has an ‘umbilical cord’ attached to heavenly places. This feeds him and gives him a radical strength to stand up and ‘to be’. He is completely over with the things of this earth. He desires only heavenly things, that which really matters after looking down the long corridors of eternity.
In verse 26 he admits a desperate weakness. He understands the foolishness of his flesh. He knows that it is pathetic and feeble. There is absolutely nothing he can do about this. He has tried and tried repeatedly. His heart is like a colander that drains away all the grace and mercy that comes. We can hold nothing. But, there is a profound realization that God is strengthening his heart. He has done this on an eternal level. What this means is this: He has touched me and by that touch has made me eternal, like Him. “Eternal life…” John 3:16.
27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
Proximity determines everything. Some will bounce to the other end of the spectrum. But being close to Him confers life. Moving away from Him brings nothing but certain death. The issue in this Psalm is of ‘unfaithfulness’. This is a biggie. Being unfaithful means treachery, and a wagon load of deception, for good cause. But down deep it implies ‘denial’. But unfaithfulness is an umbrella word or concept.
The Psalmist again deals with proximity. The closer we come, the further our unfaithfulness recedes. (But don’t give up!). The Psalmist applauds his nearness to God. He realizes that by taking refuge in God there is something that must be ’made’. There is some effort that must happen. He makes God his refuge. The Lord God is now a bomb shelter or a covering for our souls. He continues this process with the deep commitment to sharing ‘the works of God’. We carry that with us– the seeds of our redemption.