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Portion – Pull Up A Chair

Psalm 119:57-64

57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

What a relationship and testimony in these next eight verses! Can you see it? The Psalmist tells his God that He is everything he needs! Thou art my portion, O Lord! If every Christian actually lived this little sentence, what an impact we would have on the world! I believe that this was the “anthem” of the early Christian church. How else could believers be tortured without caving in? I try to make it a point to read “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” every year or so just to keep their vision burning in my heart.

Verse 58 and 59 reveals a repentant heart, in my opinion. The Psalmist desires mercy and thinks about his sins, confesses them and repents (turns away) – he turned his feet toward the word of God. In other words, he was not going to go in the direction of the world. Furthermore, as we read on in the next two verses (Psalm 119:60-61), we see that he didn’t waste any time putting the word of God into action in his life because that is when the devil likes to attack. Satan does not attack someone who is not living for the Lord. He attacks those who are living for Him, amen?

I have read many times in Psalms how the writer gets up early in the morning to worship the Lord or gets up in the night. Psalm 119:62 is one of these examples. For no reason, at times, I wake up in the middle of the night wondering why in the world I was awakened! What a good time to focus on the Lord and the possibility that He awaked me for a reason. Could it be someone needs prayer? Could it be that this is the time I could glean something special?

Praising the Lord in the wee hours of the night has its benefits. The Psalmist’s “walk” (his testimony), as a result of his midnight rendezvous with the Lord, gave him the strength to walk the walk and talk the talk. Notice he did not surround himself with the world (verse 63) but with those people who feared the Lord! When we are in God’s word, keeping His precepts, we stay clear of temptation. We are exhorted not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). The Christian who is in his Bible and obedient to its instruction is a wise servant. He won’t be caught up by the world and the influences of the unsaved. The Psalmist knew this as it was evident in verse 63.

Once we get out of God’s word – once we forget His instruction, we are easily led astray. Is it any wonder that God compares us to sheep? Sheep tend to wander without focus. They would walk off a cliff if they weren’t carefully guided by their shepherd. I believe the Psalmist remembered his need for his God to guide and direct him. I believe that he remembered the words of Psalm 23 and trusted in them! How similar in heart-felt meaning these two Psalms are. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want! Thou art my portion, O Lord!

Next time we are up at the midnight hour, make use of this precious time to thank the Lord, worship Him and love Him!

I was driving to work the other day and listening to my audio Bible. At the time, I was in Psalms, and the Lord impressed upon me the words “the Lord is my.” I decided to check to see how many times this phrase is used in Scriptures and what the phrase referenced. I was so blessed by what I discovered, I had to put it down in writing. I hope you are blessed!

The Lord is my:

Strength

(Exo 15:2) The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

I do not know I need anyone, let alone God, until I am down and at my weakest. It is then that I can see God at work and His strength is made evident.

Song

(Psa 118:14) The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

God gives me a new song when I finally realize that He is the one that I need.

Rock

(2 Sam 22:2) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

God becomes my Rock because there is no other. My salvation cannot rest on anyone else or else it rests on sand.

Fortress

(Psa 18:2) The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

When all the world falls apart around me, I know that I can run to Him and rest in His protection. No one can take away what He has given to me – that is, my salvation.

Deliverer

(Psa 18:2) The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

He delivers me from the evil around me. I do not need to succumb to temptation because He is there to provide a way out.

Shepherd

(Psa 23:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Lord gently guides me in the paths that I take but also firmly rebukes me when I am going down the wrong one.

Light

(Psa 27:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

My God sheds light on His Word to light my path so that I do not walk in darkness as I once did. I can clearly see what lies ahead.

Salvation

(Psa 27:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

There is salvation in no other than in the Lord. What do I have to fear if I am threatened with death if I do not bow down to other gods?

Shield

(Psa 28:7) The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

My God shields me from the devil’s darts of destruction. He helps me to recognize them through His Word and helps me day by day. What comfort and joy this brings to a child who is going through tumultuous times.

Defence

(Psa 94:22) But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

When I am mocked and wronged, my God will come to my defense. It may not be in my lifetime but this child knows that it will all be made known in eternity – and that’s a long time!

Portion

(Lam 3:24) The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

At the moment I was born again, salvation became my inheritance. God’s righteousness is over me, not my own, praise His Holy Name!

God

(Zech 13:9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

He no longer is just “god” but He is now my God and Lord.

Helper

(Heb 13:6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

It is appropriate that the New Testament closes out this phrase with the fact that God is our Helper. There is no way we could gain salvation on our own. After salvation, there is no way we could keep it or live a perfect life without His doing. He is my Helper.

God is all these things and more to the child of the King! Rejoice in Him this morning!