(James Smith, “The Believer’s Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble” 1842)
“You are my portion, O Lord!” Psalm 119:57
This is the language of every Christian’s heart and life! The generality of the Lord’s family are poor in this world — they have no portion of an earthly kind. He who has God for His portion — must not expect much besides. The Lord is enough to make them happy in the absence of all things besides; but nothing can make the spiritual mind happy in His absence.
He is the sun which enlightens, enlivens, and quickens them!
And He is the shield which guards, protects, and preserves them!
He is the bread which sustains, strengthens, and revives them!
Therefore He is all they want — and without Him they have nothing.
They are often surprised when Providence strips them, and they are left as Job was — naked, friendless, poor, and destitute.
The Lord is an all-sufficient portion;
While He is rich — how can we be poor?
And while He is able — how can we be left to want?
While He is love — how can we be miserable?Is God your portion? If so, your light afflictions are but for a moment; and they will work out for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
All your trials are mercies!
Every cross is a real blessing!
God is dealing with you as with a child which He loves tenderly. He is now, in this affliction, doing you good with His whole heart, and withis whole soul. Oh, believe that God, your God, is love! He . . .
declares it in His word,
proves it in all His dealings, and
will fully reveal it to your soul’s eternal satisfaction in Heaven!
Take up your home then in your God; make Him . . .
the subject of your meditation,
and the center of your joy,
the object of your love,
and your soul-satisfying portion!
So shall you sing at the last, “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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