“Whom have I in heaven but you, and earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Praise your name, Lord Jesus, for you are the most High: you are the Almighty, powerful beyond conception, mighty beyond imagination, loving beyond understanding. You are the Victor, undefeated and undefeatable; you are the Creator, wise and good; You are the Savior, gracious and kind. I praise you for your perfect and powerful character, persistently and providentially guiding all in the lives of your children.
Thank you that, as my Shepherd you are loving and leading me, protecting and providing, teaching and transforming. Thank you that during the night as I was attacked again by fear in my dreams and thoughts, as I awoke and turned to the truths of Psalm 23, you defeated the enemy. As I spoke out loud these truths from your Word, the fear and distress lessened and dissolved away. I was able to sleep again and my dreams were positive.
You, dear God, are the One and only Savior. You are the only constant Lover of my soul: no matter what I do, you love me, consistently, completely, creatively.
You describe this in Psalm 73:21-25. In your love you rebuke and discipline, revealing to us our sin: “When my heart was grieved, and my soul embittered, I was senseless and ignorant, I was a brute beast before you.”
You consistently draw us on to repentance: “Yet, I am always with you.”
You guide, direct and protect: “You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.”
And your great love creates in me an ever-deepening responsive love for you: “Whom have I in heaven but you, and earth has nothing I desire besides you”. Praise be to you, Lord Jesus for your great, unquenchable, ever flowing love!
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, develop in me that intense first love for you which the author of Psalm 73 had, so that my passion for you will eclipse all the world has to offer. Amen.”