Psalm 73:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 73:25, NIV: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you."

Psalm 73:25, ESV: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you."

Psalm 73:25, KJV: "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee."

Psalm 73:25, NASB: "Whom do I have in heaven but You? And with You, I desire nothing on earth."

Psalm 73:25, NLT: "Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth."

Psalm 73:25, CSB: "Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you."

What does Psalm 73:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After resolving his bitterness and doubt (Psalm 73:2–3, 15–18), Asaph makes the strong statement that nothing on earth captures his desire. He has the Lord God, and that is enough. His focus is not on wealth, as is the focus of the prosperous wicked (Psalm 73:4–7). His eyes are on the Lord in heaven. His declaration is similar to David's in Psalm 23:1. David testified: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want." It also reflects later statements by Paul who celebrated Christ as the only part of his life with true meaning (Philippians 3:8).

Many hymns focus on the glories of heaven, often speaking in terms of physical things like mansions, gates, streets, or endless time. However, the most glorious aspect of heaven will be seeing Jesus face to face. Before dying on the cross, Jesus promised to come again and receive us unto Himself. He promised that we will be with Him (John 14:3). First John 3:2 promises "we shall see him as he is." Although it is not wrong to look forward to the wonderful features of heaven, we can be most enthusiastic about seeing Jesus. Asaph's priorities were in the proper order.