Strength of my heart and my portion forever

Psalm 73--26

The Verse of the Day for March 1, 2018 is found in Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV):

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

The New Living Testament renders the passage in this way:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

I also recall discovering this passage when I went to the hospital to visit a dear friend who was having a surgical procedure done on his heart a number of years ago. I recited verse 26 which also became the inspiration for this Scripture Memory song which I  sang to my friend who was greatly strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God:

God Is the Strength of My Heart

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

And my portion, my portion, and my portion for evermore.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He’s the lifter, the lifter, He’s the lifter up of my head.

Yes, my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is still the strength of my heart,

And my portion, my portion, and my portion for evermore.

In thinking about the passage from Psalm 73, I also recall the opening verses of Psalm 27, my all-time favorite psalm which I committed to memory as a youngster.

Psalm 27:1-3:

 1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

The psalm ends with this reminder:

Psalm 27:14 (NKJV):

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

We also find another reference to “my heart “and “my flesh” in Psalm 16:8-10

8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.:2

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10For you not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt you suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 31:24 (NKJV):

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Psalm 84:2 (NKJV):

My soul wants and even becomes weak from wanting to be in the house of the Lord. My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

We close with the classic Don Moen composition “God is the Strength of My Heart” to reinforce the message in a special way:

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