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Psalm 119: 57-64: Love for the Lord’s Word

by | Jun 24, 2024

psalm 119: 57-64

In this portion of Psalm 119, David seems to take firm hold upon God Himself – claiming Him as His own (verse 57), crying out for Him (verse 58), returning to Him (verse 59), solacing himself in Him (verses 61-62), associating with His people (verse 63), and sighing for personal experience of His goodness (verse 64).

“Thou art my portion, O Lord,” the Psalmist declares, in verse 57; “I have said that I would keep thy words.” A person’s portion is that which he deliberately chooses as the chief object of his life; it is that upon which he concentrates his thoughts, bestows his energy, and lavishes his affection; and it is that which, in turn, shapes and influences him. No one needs to tell us, in so many words, what the portion of his life is; for his life is an eloquent proclamation of that fact. The sensualist, who wallows in the mire of sin, writes this message – like the mark of the beast – across his brow: “Lust is my portion.” The pleasure-seeker’s one thought is selfish gratification; he flits from frivolity to frivolity like a short-lived butterfly; and by his whole lifestyle, he announces, “Enjoyment is my portion.” The covetous man, whether or not he is known as a miser, surveys the golden pile and smiles over his ever-growing bank account; and he tells you – heedless of his shrinking soul – that money is his portion. As the student betakes himself to some sequestered nook where he can quiz the angel of Truth, and secure sweet whispers from her lips; he quietly asserts, “Learning is my portion.”

It may help us to realize how rich we are in God, if I may take a moment to name a feature or two of the believer’s portion. For one thing, it is a spiritual portion. One of the saddest phases of life today is the disparagement and denial of the spiritual nature of man. Some deny the existence of the soul; and there can be no doubt that in many persons, the soul is an undiscovered world. Yet the Lord will not allow our soul to be put off with physical things. It is no use sending us to nature. Singing streams, flowery meadows, towering hills, shining stars, and beautiful scenes of splendor cannot truly satisfy us. It is no use sending us to books. We have everlasting souls, and only the eternal God can satisfy our mighty longings. So it comes to pass that the moment a man truly comes to his senses, he feels that no earthly portion can satisfy his deepest soul-longings; and then he looks heavenwards, stretches out his little hands to grasp the hands of the Infinite One, and cries, “Whom have I in heaven but thee, there is none upon the earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever!” (Ps. 73:25-26)

But the believer’s portion is also a present one. “Thou art my portion,” David says. Some Christians imagine their portion as being entirely in heaven, and they doom the present to sheer emptiness. But let us not be deceived. Yonder is the Tree of Life; but its branches hang over the wall, and its grapes are not outside of our reach. Whatever God will be to us in heaven, He is to us – in large measure – upon earth also. We do not need to go through the world as paupers, since we have such treasure at hand! Our life does not need to be a wilderness waste, a flowerless garden, a waterless well, a bankrupt bank, or a sunless day. Why? Because God is ours! Let us claim our treasures; for in the Lord, we have an unspeakable fund of blessing! We have a present love – higher than the heavens, deeper than the sea, wider than the earth, and closer than the atmosphere. We have a present joy that is keeping the face bright, and the tongue musical. We have a present peace which keeps the soul unchafed and the life tranquil amidst the strife of unfriendly voices, and we have a present grace that is enough for our sorest need and our darkest hours.

Moreover, the believer’s portion is permanent. The portions of many persons are precarious, perishable, and evanescent. Millionaires have seen their mountain of gold vanish. Grand estates have exchanged hands by a stroke of the pen. A great preacher says, “Nothing really belongs to a man if it can be taken from him. What we may lose, we can scarcely be said to have. The only thing that is worth calling mine is something that so passes into and saturates the very substance of my soul, that – like a piece of cloth dyed in the grain – as long as two threads hold together, the tint will be there. That is how God gives us Himself, and nothing can take Him out of a man’s soul!” Just as the sun gives itself to the flower – nourishing, painting, and perfecting it – so also, God gives Himself unto the soul that trusts in Him. All that belongs to God is ours – in perpetual possession! He and all that He has are ours, every day!

O Lord Jesus, we praise and thank You for being our portion; for in You, we have more than all else put together, and our every need is met – whether in life or in death! Thank You for the assurance that our portion is perpetual and permanent, and that nothing can take Your love and grace away from us! Amen.  

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