“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”
These are the poetic expressions of a person who has grown in his love for God. At the beginning of this psalm, the psalmist expressed his envy towards wealthy folks. There his heart seemed to covet after their wealth and their prosperity. But as he drew closer to God in contemplation, he understood the fragility and unreliability of wealth; he was also made aware of the perils and destruction that will come upon even the rich. Without God’s salvation and goodness, no man can have the blessed hope of the eternal glory of heaven.
Upon realising this reality, then the psalmist’s heart desired God more than everything and everyone else. Now, there was none whose presence and companionship that he desired more than that of God. He felt that his God was infinitely better to him than all the wealth, health, honour possessed by the ungodly people of this world, whom
previously he had unduly envied. He counted all things worthless, that the desire of his heart may wholly be towards God.
Without God, even heaven would be meaningless to the godly. Even in this world of many evil, worldly temptations, his heart covets nothing but his blessed God. Like the psalmist, may we also contemplate on God’s greatness, goodness and glory so that the evil temptations of this world may be rendered powerless to influence us.