Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
The Old Testament is filled with pictures and images of supernatural reality. One such example is the inheritance of the levites. The levites were the priests and worshippers associated with the tabernacle and, later, the temple in Jerusalem. All of the Jewish tribes received a portion of the land of Israel, that is all of the tribes except the tribe of Levi. Why did the Lord not give them land? Their inheritance was to be the Lord Himself. This is a great picture of New Testament believers and our inheritance. Our treasure is not here on this earth, our treasure is God Himself. To those who have not seen the beauty of the Lord and the treasure we have in Him this may seem not very appealing. To those who have eyes to see, it is the greatest of all treasures. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on the portion of a Christian.
“God is the inheritance of the saints; he is the portion of their souls. God is their wealth and treasure, their food, their life, their dwelling place, their ornament and diadem, and their everlasting honor and glory. They have none in heaven but God; he is the great good which the redeemed are received to at death, and which “they are to rise to at the end of the world”. The Lord God, he is the light of the heavenly Jerusalem; and is the “river of the water of life” that runs, and the tree of life that grows, “in the midst of the paradise of God” [Rev. 2:7]. The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will forever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast. The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things; they will enjoy the angels, and will enjoy one another: but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or each other, or in anything else whatsoever, that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what will be seen of God in them.”
David understood this as well as anyone. He had grasped the value of knowing and walking with the Lord from his youth. From the day the anointing came upon him after Samuel prayed for him David embraced the greatest of all treasures. That’s why he sang, “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”.