My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
In this song, David owns up to the fact that he is envious of those who have no problems
so much so, that he almost slipped off the deep end:
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Until he realizes what he has in comparison:
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
“You don’t know what you have until you lose it.”
Everyone who has lost something, knows this to be so true.
How wise of David to wrestle with this truth soon enough to change his heart before more loss.
How wise for him to stop and appreciate the real now of his situation – the reality that matters.
How wise for him to search and keep searching until he finds the right question:
“Whom have I in heaven but you?”
and keep quiet
~ long enough ~
to hear the true answer :
“Earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Lord, my flesh and my heart will fail – no “maybe” about it – but you are the strength of anything true in me. You are my perfect Portion. Everything I need or want or could possibly hope for.
Forever… you are enough.