A. W. Tozer said…

The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honoured for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything - we have all the rest.

Ps 16:2, 4: I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’ Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.

I am sometimes embarrassed that I am satisfied with so little. For many people this is not an embarrassment, because it is good to be content. It is good to be happy with what we have and what we have received.

The Psalmist thanks God for his goodness. He is satisfied with the blessings of God in his life, ‘Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance’ (16:5, 6).

The embarrassment I mentioned, however, is on another level. I am embarrassed because I am satisfied with too little of God in my life. It is almost as if I am on a diet when it comes to God and his influence in my life. The author of this psalm is not satisfied. For him it is all or nothing. There is nothing good except the Lord Himself. Nothing! Nothing can be compared to the Lord. Nothing! He belongs to the Lord. He is the Lord's. The attractive idols of his time that filled his surroundings have lost their attraction. He wants nothing to do with them.

I wonder if I can say that. Can you? Is everything you want, everything that makes you excited and passionate in the Lord? Can you say that your heart, your life, your family, your finances, your job, your everything, belong to the Lord? Can you say that besides the Lord, nothing else in life really matters?

Of course it was not always the case in his life. He brings praise to God because his life orientation has changed, ‘I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ (16:7-11).

Would you pray with me that we would find our greatest joy, our everything in Him? Would you pray with me that God will deliver us from our spiritual diet and that we will be in such a fellowship with Him that we know that we have everything in Him that is needed for now and for all eternity?

Lord, deliver me from my spiritual poverty. Lord, you are my life. Amen.