Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you (Psalm 73:25 ESV).
The steeple of the church in Bann, Germany, rises higher than the homes of the village, and atop the steeple is the cross of Christ. Its bells not only toll the hour but also call villagers to the times of prayer and worship. The steeple points the people to Christ. Its very prominence above the village is testimony that “there is nothing on earth” greater than Christ and everything else is little in comparison.
Your preference for the things of earth reveals your focus. Have you lost sight of the steeples in your life? Temporary things do not satisfy forever. Only Jesus can satisfy. When we look to Jesus, everything else takes it rightful place in life. Everything else dims and fades away in the light of his glory. Asaph, who wrote Psalm 73, “almost stumbled” when he saw the things of this world (Psalm 73:2 ESV), but then he remembered God’s house and the end of earthly things (73:16-17). He turned his eyes toward heaven and proclaimed “Whom have I heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.”
Today, turn your eyes upon Jesus. Re-energize your walk with Christ by reading the Scriptures and by spending time in worship and prayer. Sing a song or hymn. Remind yourself that your priorities must be heavenly and that Jesus must have the preeminence in your life (Colossian 1:18). Do not build higher than the steeple and let your life point to Christ. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, / Look full in his wonderful face; / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of his glory and grace” (lyrics by Helen Howeth Lemmel, 1918).
Check out this account of the hymn’s history with a video of a quartet singing the chorus.
For more reminders of our need for Christ, visit the Daily Bible Verse page.