Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For most people joy is that elusive dream. Everyone thinks they know what will finally complete their joy but I don’t think any of us really have it quite right. Why would I say that? I sat that because of a life time of observations. The athlete never has enough titles (ask Tiger Woods), the beautiful face is never quite right (check with Hollywood on that), and the coffers of the rich are never full enough. Joy, lasting joy, is only found one place and for most people it is the place they would ever look. Lasting joy is found in Christ alone. Here are some thoughts from Gill on today’s verse.
“Whom have I in heaven but thee,…. Which includes God the Father, Son, and Spirit; God the Father, as his only covenant God and Father; Christ as his only Mediator, Savior, and Redeemer, Head, Husband, Advocate, and Intercessor; the Spirit as his only sanctifier, Comforter, earnest, and sealer; and is expressive of their being the one and only Lord God, the sole object of worship, trust, and confidence; his only helper and guide; and in whom his supreme happiness and glory lay.”
Who would have ever looked there for joy? The trinity? Really? I thought that was for monks or druggies or maybe con artists in jail. According to David, God is his portion or his true source of joy. Oswald Chambers also has an interesting concept of heaven’s joy.
“Whenever the angels come to this earth they come bursting with a joy which instantly has to be stayed. This earth is like a sick chamber, and when God sends His angels here He has to say—“Now be quiet; they are so sick with sin that they cannot understand your hilarity.” Whenever the veil is lifted there is laughter and joy. These are the characteristics that belong to God and God’s order of things; somberness and oppression and depression are the characteristics of all that does not belong to God.”
So from heaven’s perspective we have a hard time recognizing real joy because we have some kind of sickness. That sickness is our sinful behavior that flows out of a fallen nature; the solution is the mercy of God. There is a way out of our joyless world, the blood of Jesus tears away the veil of blindness through forgiveness and transformation; then the streams of joy come flowing in.