“Fasting is rewarded because it is a cry from the heart of those who find their ultimate satisfaction in God and in God alone.”
Psalm 73 (NLT)
1Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
2But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
8They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
9They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.
10And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words.
11“What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
15If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.
16So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!
17Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors.
20When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
22I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
27Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.
28But 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.
Psalm 73:25-26 —“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My heart and my ﬂesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“When God sees the confession of need and this expression of trust, he acts, because the glory of his all-suffcient grace is at stake. The fnal answer is that God rewards fasting because fasting expresses the cry of the heart that nothing on earth can satisfy our souls besides God. God must reward this cry because God is most glorifed in us when we are most satisfed in him.” John Piper
Father, whom have I in heaven but you? And besides you I desire nothing on earth. My heart and my ﬂesh may fail. But you are the strength of my heart and my portion forever and ever. I declare this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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2 thoughts on “Day 12 Satisfaction”
“And besides You, I desire nothing on earth…” I love this prayer from Psalm 73, even as I recognize how far from reality this truly is. At times, I sing songs in worship with lines like “You’re all I want. You’re all I’ve ever needed.” I’ve struggled with the hypocrisy of knowing that without the redeeming work of the Holy Spirit in and through me that this prayer is simply not true…but I want it to be. I have reconciled the tension by making what is not yet true to be my honest intention and pleading that God make it true, that He give me strength to make it true as He makes me look and sound and act more like Jesus.
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Relating to verses 22 thru 24, the reality is that to God we must seem like senseless animals, yet he still calls us his own. This psalm talks about the wicked who get away with much, have much and yet are not punished. Why? God does not want us to compare ourselves with others, but to be obedient and satisfied with God alone.