Welcome to The Cyber Church of Eufaula, Oklahoma Pastor, James West  -|- This Sermon Published March, 1998 


Whom have I in heaven but thee, O' God?

David was declared to be "a man after God's own heart." His flesh constantly pulled him to the "sin that so easily besets" and he crumbled before the temptations of lust and violence. Yet in the quiet meditations of his heart, he wrote:

Psalm 73:25-26 - Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

He acknowledged his short comings and declared his total dependence on God for his strength. This is called "faith" and without it we cannot please God. The same idea is expressed by Paul in his letter to the Church at Corinth:

1 Cor. 10:31-32 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

Everything we do: in our home, on the job, in private, in business, is to be done to the glory of God. If in our everyday course we disregard the needs and feelings of those God has chosen as His own, we offend both them AND God. Jesus has made it very clear that whatever we do to His, we do to Him. Even the ungodly knows how to recognize us:

John 13:35 - By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

So, to bring David into the New Testament, we must declare our desire toward God. When the flesh is weak we must draw strength from Him and His people. We can ask, "Whom have I in heaven but thee?", but we must remember that our brothers are asking the same question. We must at all times be ready to strengthen and support our brothers and sisters.


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