Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25
It is the spirit of a truly godly man to prefer God before all other things, either in heaven or on earth. He prefers God before anything else that actually is in heaven. Every godly man has his heart in heaven; his affections are mainly set on heaven and what is to be had there. Heaven is his chosen country and inheritance. He has respect to heaven as a traveler who is on occasion abroad in a distant land has to his own country. The traveler can content himself to be in a strange land for a while, until his present occasion and business is over; but his own native land is preferred by him to all others (Hebrews 11:13ff).
So also the respect which a godly person has for heaven may be compared to the respect which a child has when he is abroad for a little while; but the place to which he desires to return, and in which he desires to dwell, is his own home at his father’s house (John 14:2; 20:17).
Now the main reason why the godly man has his heart thus in heaven is because God is there; that is the palace of the most high God. It is the place where God is gloriously present, where He is to be seen, where He is to be enjoyed, were His love is gloriously manifested, where the godly may be with Him, see Him as He is, and love, serve, praise, and enjoy Him perfectly. It is for this chiefly that a godly man desires heaven.
Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format. Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional. Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.
It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards. You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.