05/17/22 The Strength of My Heart

READING: Psalms 50, 73-74 

Sometimes life doesn’t make a lot of sense. We strive hard to walk with God, and still it seems like non-believers get more blessings than we do. They gain wealth, but we sometimes struggle to pay our bills. They seem to frolic in sin, yet we live with deep conviction every time we fail God. It seems they seldom deal with affliction, have little reason to worry, and have more than they will ever need. Meanwhile, we at times feel hopeless and desperate under the weight of life. 

In those times, it’s easy to think about “tossing in the towel”—as the psalmist learned. He knew God was faithful to Israel, but he nevertheless came close to slipping as he envied the prosperous and looked with jealousy on the wicked. All those feelings eventually changed, though, when he realized again (1) their way was a way of destruction, and (2) his God was still the answer to all he faced. Indeed, listen to the psalmist’s concluding words: “Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever” (Psa 73:25-26). God would hold him and guide him—and God alone would be his refuge. 

No matter what we face today—and without regard for whatever blessings non-believers around us may seem to have—God is still our refuge, too. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  Are your eyes on God or on others today?     

TODAY’S PRAYER: “Father, be the strength of my heart today.”


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