Glitter or Gold?

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. —Psalm 73:25

gold-rushHere the psalmist is struggling with the ancient stumbling block of the present prosperity of wicked, godless men and the troubles of the godly man.  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is the way secular philosophers phrase it. We might be tempted to ask, “Why do good things happen to bad people?”  Spurgeon reminds us of the old saying, “All that glitters is not gold.”

Spurgeon, from the Treasury of David:

Thus, then, he turns away from the glitter which fascinated him to the true gold which was his real treasure. He felt that his God was better to him than all the wealth, health, honour, and peace, which he had so much envied in the worldling; yea, He was not only better than all on earth, but more excellent than all in heaven. He bade all things else go, that he might be filled with his God. And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. No longer should his wishes ramble, no other object should tempt them to stray; henceforth, the Ever living One should be his all in all.