Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV1984)
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
How can I get this some days, most even?
But then there are days when it is far from me?
Some days my flesh overwhelms me and I feel like my heart is not near to Him at all.
I know that I know,
That is to say I know in my knower,
That whatever I feel, means nothing.
What matters is that I act on what I KNOW to be true.
Here is what I know to be true.
The earth holds nothing for me.
Oh there are momentary pleasures.
They are hardly worth losing fellowship with my Heavenly Father over.
I may feel weak in my heart and mind,
But as stated earlier in this post,
God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I so want to look at that word portion.
The Encarta English Dictionary defines it like this;
Fraction, a part or a section of a larger whole
Fate, an unavoidable event or part of somebody’s life
Inheritance, a part of an estate that has been bequeathed to an heir
The Thesaurus (English) calls it a piece or a share.
The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is quite a bit more descriptive.
(Strong’s tells the root meaning of the original words in the Bible, verse by verse.)
Part of it reads as follows;
Result of search for “2505”:
2505 chalaq khaw-lak’ a primitive root; to be smooth (figuratively); by implication (as smooth stones were used for lots) to apportion or separate:–deal, distribute, divide, flatter, give, take away a portion, receive, separate self.
2506 cheleq khay’lek from 2505; properly, smoothness (of the tongue); also an allotment:–flattery, inheritance, part, X partake, portion.
I still don’t know everything in this description, but I know that lots were like dice. So how they were thrown and how they landed determined how goods would be distributed.
Now according to verse 25, this world has nothing I desire.
Only God is my strength, and my portion.
(The unavoidable part of my life, my fraction, my inheritance, my part, my piece.)
Another verse I look at a lot is this one;
Psalm 16:5-7 (NIV1984) 5 Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
There is that portion word again and this time it tells me that God has assigned my portion, and that He has made me secure.
The boundaries He has secured for me fall into pleasant places.
Mine is a delightful inheritance.
I praise Him, He councils me, and instructs me even when I sleep.
Let’s talk about what we know in our knower.
What we need to see, learn, know is that regardless of how we FEEL, God has assigned us our inheritance.
We do not have to earn it.
We do not have to look for it.
It has been assigned to us.
We simply have to receive it.
If I have a gift for you, you need only choose to receive it from me.
It would not do either of us any good if we left it in the box.
If you have relationship with God,
It does not automatically mean that everything,
Every day will come up roses.
Quite frankly, we see the opposite a lot.
People in deep relationship with God endure some pretty tragic stuff,
Just as those who do not profess His name.
The difference is that we know in their knower,
That even in deep sadness,
We can rest in pleasant places.
We can choose to receive our portion from Him,
We can watch Him use it for the greater good of those around us.
We can see it as an opportunity for growth.
We can use it to grow our “Faith muscle”.
And God will receive glory.
Then, assign some to us as part of our portion.
I needed to hear these words today.
So I preach them here to myself.
I don’t FEEL it, but I know it.
My portion from Him is enough.
The world has nothing to even compare to His peace.
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And always remember,
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 73 has been one of my favorites for years now. Thank you for helping me reflect on it today !
Lyn stole my word so I have just have to agree….True though. 🙂
Thank you Wayne.
I always appreciate your encouragement.
His Word to settle me in His peace. This country is falling apart; He is the only anchor, the only safe haven. Thank you for listening and conveying His message to us. Our portion!
You are very welcome.
This world TRULY has nothing for us.
We can hear Him when we settle down some.