Psa. 73:25,26 ¶ Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
It has been said you can evaluate the character of a person by the things that they value. That is a really powerful thought. What do your precious treasures and enjoyments say about you? That brings us to the real beauty and power of spiritual conversion, our whole value system is turned on its head by the Lord. One taste, one moment is His presence, is all it takes. Your view of what is a treasure is radically and permanently changed. If you were fixated on sexual pleasure or conquests, that is eradicated by the touch of God. If you were tormented by alcohol or drugs, that attraction is eradicated. How is that possible? God Himself is the treasure we were meant to enjoy and the treasure which we were separated from at the fall of man. Seeing and knowing Christ for yourself is devastating to our attraction to inferior treasures. How can you want cheap wine when Christ offers His heavenly vintage? Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on today’s verse.
“…the saint prefers what he hath already of God before anything in this world. That which was infused into his heart at his conversion, it more precious to him than anything which the world can afford. The views which are sometimes given him of the beauty and excellency of God, are more precious to him than all the treasures of the wicked. The relation of a child in which he stands to God, the union which there is between his soul and Jesus Christ, he values more than the greatest earthly dignity. That image of God which is enstamped on his soul, he values more than any earthly ornaments. It is, in his esteem, better to be adorned with the graces of God’s Holy Spirit, than to be made to shine in jewels of gold, and the most costly pearls, or to be admired for the greatest external beauty. He values the robe of Christ’s righteousness, which he hath on his soul, more than the robes of princes. The spiritual pleasures and delights which he sometimes has in God, he prefers far before all the pleasures of sin.”
So who or what do you love? Think about it for a moment and you may find out a lot about yourself. Becoming a lover of God will radically effect every other part of your life.