With God for your portion!
“You are my portion, O Lord.” Psalm 119:57
Look at your possessions, O believer–and compare your portion with the lot of your fellow men.
Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase. But what are harvests compared with your God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting granaries compared with Him, who is the heavenly Gardener, and feeds you with the bread of heaven?
Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold. But what is gold compared with your God? You could not live on it; your spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put gold on a troubled conscience–and could it allay its pangs? Apply it to a desponding heart–and see if it could relieve a solitary groan, or give one grief the less? But you have God, and in Him you have more than gold or riches ever could buy!
Some have their portion in that which most men love–applause and fame. But ask yourself: Is not your God more to you than that? What if a myriad trumpets should be loud in your applause–would this prepare you to pass the Jordan of death, or cheer you in prospect of the final judgment? No! there are griefs in life which fame and wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide.
But when you have God for your portion, you have more than all else put together.
In Him every need is met, whether in life or in death.
With God for your portion you are rich indeed, for He will . . .
supply your real needs,
comfort your desponding heart,
assuage your deepest grief,
guide your steps wisely,
be with you in the dark valley of death,
and then take you home to Heaven, to enjoy Him as your portion forever!
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!” Psalm 73:26
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