You Are My Portion (Psalm 119:57 – 64)


57 You are my portion, O LORD;
I have said that I would keep Your words.
58 I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
Be merciful to me according to Your word.
59 I thought about my ways,
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy;
Teach me Your statutes.

The psalmist in this stanza writes about his devotion to God and His word.  He sought God’s favor and mercy, turned to the Lord’s testimonies, kept His commandments, remembered His law, and thanked God for His judgments.  The writer knows the value of God’s word and His mercy.  He calls upon God to watch over him and protect him, pledging to be a man of the word.  The wording of the opening phrase is telling. “You are my portion, O LORD.”  The word “portion” has a double meaning here.  Portion refers to the amount allotted to you, but also to your own contribution.  It is synonymous with words like part, lot, offering, supply, share, etc.  If the Lord is your portion, then you will receive the Lord in ways that will bless, keep, and supply your own needs.  However, if you are blessed with your portion, Jesus Christ, then you have an obligation to portion Him out to others as well.  He is your portion.  He is what you need.  He is your source, your strength, your all in all.  However, He is also everything anyone else could ever need.  Get Him, but also give Him.  He is my portion that never runs out.  He is also the portion for a world of sinners that is plentiful and never-ending.  Get and give, remembering that you cannot give what you do not have.  Get God, His salvation, His Spirit, then give Him away.  You will never be able to give too much!


Check out this youtube video, which I believe demonstrates exactly what this devotion describes.  Give as God has given to you!

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