My Heart’s Desire

Whom have I in heaven but You? ​​
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
​​But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
~ Psalm 73:25-26 ~

My daughter and I were listening to The Last Battle, the last book in the Chronicles of Narnia, when I heard this:

“The sweet air grew suddenly sweeter. A brightness flashed behind them. All turned. Tirian turned last because he was afraid. There stood his heart’s desire, huge and real, the golden Lion, Aslan himself,…”

Joy inexpressible! One day I will behold my heart’s desire, Jesus.

I’m not the first to have this longing—Adam, Eve, and Abel must have experienced it; David, Israel’s poet king wrote psalm after psalm describing his longing for God. God did say of David that he was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). 

I long for Jesus; and though I fail (just like David did), the desire to be with Him and live for Him is still there. He makes every day a victory regardless of the circumstance. He calls us to a life that is beyond our imagination, limitations, or understanding; best of all, He walks alongside us every step of the way to the “Celestial City” that Pilgrim spoke of in Pilgrim’s Progress

The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey (study for series, The Cross and the World) ca. 1846-1848  Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole, “The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey” (study for series, “The Cross and the World”); ca. 1846-1848.

Who is there for you? Who is your heart’s desire? Is He? When your “flesh and [your] heart fail,” will God be “the strength of [your] heart and [your] portion forever”

Father, how marvelous and wonderful is the love You lavished on us, that we have become Your children! (1 John 3:1). There is no greater joy than knowing that we belong to You and that nothing can “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

Lord Jesus, we live a victorious life because of what You did for us at Calvary. We magnify and exalt You, for in You is life and love found; all of life’s yearnings are met in You. Glorious is the future that awaits us when we come into Your presence; yet even now in this life, You give us the abundance of Your life. Your abiding presence makes “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27) a reality.  We delight ourselves in You, Lord (Psalm 37:4). It’s in Your name that we rejoice, praise, and pray, amen.

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