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What is meant by saying ‘God is my portion’?
King David referred to God as his portion in Psalm 16:5: “The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” He echoed the same sentiment in Psalm 142:5. Asaph wrote that “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” in Psalm 73:26. Lamentations 3:24 says, “‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'” So, what does it mean that “God is my portion”? Sometimes the word “portion” is translated as “inheritance.” Saying that God is your portion is another way of saying that He is your inheritance, your allotment in life. When we say that God is our portion, we are saying that He is our all-sufficient One, the source of all we could ever need.
In the Old Testament, each Israelite tribe, minus the priestly tribe of Levi (Deuteronomy 10:9), received an allotment of land upon arrival in the Promised Land (Numbers 26:52–56; Joshua 14:1–5). This land was their family inheritance and was passed on from one generation to the next (Numbers 36:7). As was indicated with the tribe of Levi, another side to the concept of inheritance is that God Himself can be the inheritance of His people (see Jeremiah 10:16). “Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The LORD is his inheritance” (Deuteronomy 10:9).
The New Testament furthers this by describing believers as co-heirs with Christ, the Son of God, for we have been grafted into the family of God. Through Jesus’ redeeming work, we can become adopted as sons and daughters of God (John 1:12; Hebrews 1:2; Romans 8:17;
The Bible makes it clear that all people have the opportunity to become children of God and recipients of the same inheritance (Ephesians 3:6; John 3:16–18). What is the inheritance? The kingdom of God both now and forever (Matthew 25:34; Romans 8:17–23; 1 Corinthians 15:50–58; 1 Peter 1:3–4). This doesn’t mean that the life of a believer in Christ is easy; it means we have the grace of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives to help us as we journey through life, and we have the promise of eternity with Christ. God is the source of our sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5). Jesus says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). This is what it looks like to choose to make the Lord your portion.
By saying, “God is my portion,” the biblical writers, and now us, are affirming that God is our source of all that is good. He is our portion in the life that is now (Psalm 142:5) and the life that is to come. He is the only inheritance that matters. Relationships, riches, jobs, health, and all other things in our lives may fail, but we can say with confidence that “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26, NASB). When God is our portion, we lack nothing for we have a never-ending supply of hope (Lamentations 3:24).
And we pray:
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that you are a gracious, loving and long-suffering God. Help me not to be influenced by the circumstances of my life but rather help me to keep the eyes of my heart on You, knowing that Your plans and purposes are perfect. Thank You Father for Your steadfast Love towards all Your children – which is new every morning. All glory to Your holy name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father we praise and thank You that You are a faithful God. We thank You that Your love and mercy, Your grace and compassion, Your strength and your peace are new every morning. Keep me I pray from the sin of unbelief and help me to trust in your unfailing promises, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, there are times when it seems that I am alone as I face life’s difficulties, mourn over the spiritual decline that is overtaking the Church today, and grieve to see the shocking evil that is saturating the world. Thank You, Lord, that I am not alone, but am one of a remnant of believers who desires to do Your will. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning and that You are building up Your church to Your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your unconditional love; Your goodness and Your loving-kindness to me and to all that are called by Your name. Great is Your faithfulness and I praise You – for You alone are worthy. Keep me low at the cross and help me to patiently wait for You in humble submission to Your Holy Spirit by trusting Your word of grace, even when I don’t understand – for You ARE good to those who wait for You. Help me to seek You with all my heart, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many lessons that You are teaching me through the thing I may be called upon to suffer in this life. Help me to learn all lessons You desire to teach me, knowing that Your mercies are new every morning and that Your love and faithfulness never fails. I pray that I may trust You implicitly in all the difficult circumstances of life that I may be called upon to face.. and help me to wait quietly for Your sure deliverance – to You be all praise and glory, AMEN.
Help me Lord, in my deep distress, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.
“Fear Not – I will be with you, to help you, and deliver you.” Lamentations 3:57