For the Lord is my portion, inheritance and joy. "You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would
keep Your words" (Ps. 119:57). "The thought is that we cannot experience God without knowing His Word
" (1). "O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot (keep secure)"(2).
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" (Lam. 3:24). The wisdom of Egypt
(secular value system vs. God's economy) and the coinage of Rome (earthly wealth vs. heavenly reward)
both dictate that man must create his own portion, righteousness and security. "The Psalms often speak of
the Lord as the portion of the faithful" (3). Scripture reveals that as the final hours and days of this age
come to pass, men will turn again to their own strength and wisdom (e.g., nationalism vs. God's grace)
which will fail them! This turning will, in part, allow them to receive a false peace, prophecies, signs and
lying wonders from the lawless one (2 Thes. 2:8) whose strength and power arise out of the nether world
(see Rev. 13:1-18). This is not a time to be turning from side to side seeking where your eternal security
resides or to be puzzled over where to pace your hope. Christ and only Christ is our blessed hope (Titus
2:13) and our eternal security (John. 3:15). There are those already sewing seeds of a counterfeit gospel
throughout the land and manifesting lying signs and wonders. Forget not whose is you "Everything".
"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures
forevermore" (Ps. 16:11). If the Lord is not your portion, then your joy will not come from being in His
presence ... and your inheritance will be of your own making. Your portion, inheritance and joy are
interrelated and interdependent. Just as the Spirit and the Word are inseparable (see Eph. 6:17), so are your
portion, inheritance and joy. "True believers take the Lord for the portion of their inheritance" (4). A
popular romance song begins, "you are my everything ... winter, spring, summer, autumn and fall ... all
rolled up into one" ... Jesus Christ is Lord for all the seasons in our lives and not just our deliverer in time of
trouble and lack. We must celebrate, proclaim, and praise Him in all the consequences of our living. Christ
is what sustains and remains no matter what disruption situational storms may bring, circumstantial winds
may scatter or the waters of affliction may cause to flood over and across our land. Granted, this at times
is much easier said than done, yet He will sustain us in our season of wandering.
What is now facing all of mankind (since the garden), in a most profound sense, is "obedience or choice"?
Joshua approached the decision head on ... "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Jos.
24:15). "Joshua was not inviting, but demanding that Israel serve the Lord. The choice he laid before them
only existed if they refused his demand. The issue was whether to obey or to choose. If they refused to
obey the Lord, they had to choose which pagan god to serve. Our contemporary pluralistic society
presents us with a confusing display of values, goals, and life-styles. It is not a godless society, but a
society full of various gods pleading for our attention. The issue is whether to obey our loving Creator, or
to be lost" (5) in a spiritual kaleidoscope of never ending confusion and angst. If you have not obeyed and
made Christ "your everything" then you have already chosen nothing ... it is not too late this day to choose
Him as your eternal Savior, Lord, Master and King ... thus, He becomes your portion, inheritance and
everlasting joy ... your everything! --- Truly the Son-of-Man and the Son-of-God for ALL seasons.
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) (see Ryrie-note Ps. 119:57-64) (2) (see Ps. 16:5-Italics added) (3) (see Holman-Portion Art.) (4) (see M. Henry-note Ps.
119:57) (5) (BSB-note Jos. 24:15)