The Lord is my portion

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a mere housewife

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(Today's reading from Spurgeon:)

"Thou art my portion, O Lord."—Psalm 119:57
LOOK at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting granaries compared with Him, who is the Husbandman, and feeds thee with the bread of heaven? Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold; but what is gold compared with thy God? Thou couldst not live on it; thy spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put it on a troubled conscience, and could it allay its pangs? Apply it to a desponding heart, and see if it could stay a solitary groan, or give one grief the less? But thou hast God, and in Him thou hast more than gold or riches ever could buy. Some have their portion in that which most men love—applause and fame; but ask thyself, is not thy God more to thee than that? What if a myriad clarions should be loud in thine applause, would this prepare thee to pass the Jordan, or cheer thee in prospect of judgment? No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In Him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for thy portion thou art rich indeed, for He will supply thy need, comfort thy heart, assuage thy grief, guide thy steps, be with thee in the dark valley, and then take thee home, to enjoy Him as thy portion for ever. "I have enough," said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, "I have all things," which is a note too high for carnal minds.
 

Tirian

Puritan Board Sophomore
Amen.

Col 3:11 [...] Christ is all and in all.

Thanks for sharing. So much strife seems to come from not being satisfied with the Lord as our portion. Christ + fame, Christ + recognition, Christ + enough money, Christ + alcohol..... no, being content with the good, bad or indifferent circumstance of life can only come when the Lord is our portion, and He alone.
 

Elizabeth

Puritan Board Sophomore
Oh, Heidi...I cannot tell you how providential it is that I should read this today.

I just found out that a little bit of farm land down the road from us is for sale, little over 300 acres. The asking price is 4.5 million,and it will sell quickly at that price. No house, just the land. And I groused a bit to myself, thinking why is it that we work so hard, are frugal and still have to worry about propane prices next year, when we are surrounded by such great wealth. This doesn't usually bother me, but for some reason today it did.

I know the greater gift(than land, wealth, early retirement, etc) IS seeing the providing hand of our God in our day to day lives. We've seen it over and over again. But occasionally the flesh, envy and general narrow vision cloud the true view and make us momentarily fractious.

Thank you for removing my blinders today. :D
 

a mere housewife

Not your cup of tea
Elizabeth, Spurgeon's words are often a comfort to me too -- I feel sure he would say only as they point away from himself and to Christ. I am so glad God comforted you in this day's struggle. Knowing that He always will is worth more than other securities. MR. Glover, that is very true and I think we are constantly rediscovering how much so.
 
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