“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
When we think about the word portion, we think about something allocated to us. It’s a part of a whole, divided among a few or many. Yes, we have trouble with portion sizes, even as adults and it our sense of entitlement that drives that notion. It’s the idea that we deserve more or deserve less, depending on what’s being portioned out. In either case, the amount of our portion is somehow unfair.
This is at least part of what’s at the core of Psalm 73. It’s a psalm of struggle; a song of complaint against the perceived unfairness of what the psalmist saw playing out before him. Asaph, the writer of the psalm, looked around him and saw that the wicked were prospering. There were not only no apparent consequences to their actions; it seemed as though their circumstances were continually improving. By contrast, he looked to the lives of the faithful and saw difficulty, suffering and hardship. And he could not reconcile the portion of each.
That was, until, he gained the kind of perspective that only comes when one comes into the presence of God. And having done that, Asaph had an eternal bent on his perspective, and that’s when we get the mighty declaration of the psalm – that for the people of faith: God is our PORTION. This is a grace-fueled kind of contentment – one that comes when we stop comparing our portion sizes of stuff to that of others and instead remember that through Jesus, we can have the greatest portion of all. Only through Him does our portion become…God.
I Declare: The lord is my portion and all I need is in Him. With Him I am content, without Him nothing else can satisfy.
Ignite Thought: Until Jesus is enough for us, no person or thing will.