Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Psalm 119:57-64 Heth: Devo
By: Brittany Jude
Good morning my sisters,
This week’s verses has one point that has stuck out to me as I’ve meditated on the lessons in it. That point is this: “The Lord is my Portion”.
There’s SO much power in that statement. Think with me for just a moment about a seed. It’s portion is given to it: it is wrapped in this weak shell, then submerged into the darkness of the earth (dirt) and then drowned with water. To the seed, it would surely seem it has received a poor inheritance. But, the seed who chooses to hold on and believe in its Creator, looks for what is good and takes in the nutrition from its inheritance, allowing itself to become unraveled from its current state in order to receive the transforming power of it’s portion.
The seed is totally submitted, always growing, taking deeper root and keeping its face toward the sun, reaching up and reaching out as it grows! Therefore, the seed takes on its true identity and begins to live its purpose. In the package, it would have stayed a safe little seed but it never would have known the joy of the sun or the blessing of fulfilling its fruitful purpose. It’s portion was sufficient. It has all it needs. We are that seed. And God is our portion. With that thought in mind, let’s get into these verses.
Go to your comfy place, grab a cup of coffee and let’s dig in: ☕️ ☀️ 🌱
🌱Verse 57 “ You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words.”
Have you ever thought or said “Lord, You alone are my portion”? What does it even mean to have The Lord as your portion? I’m reminded of the story of the Levites and how the other tribes of Israel had an inheritance of land in the promised land but for the tribe of Levi, they did not receive a land inheritance. Instead, they were set apart, wholly to serve The Lord, and as God had promised them, He would be their “portion” or “inheritance”. This means that though the tribe of Levi didn’t get a piece of the earthly land inheritance, God Himself would be their inheritance. He would supply their every need as they served Him according to His Word. Isn’t that what the psalmist has been saying? That apart from The Lord and His Word, there is no life. But, in God and His Word he finds his life, his delight, his guide and his comfort! Today we are surrounded by earthly treasures! Advertisements and commercials galore enticing us to think we need more stuff. It’s like we’re never satisfied. We look for fulfillment in a better job, a better friend, a better spouse, more money, more land or whatever the next person/thing that we think when we get it “then I’ll be happy”. But, I wonder what our lives would look like if we got back to thinking like the psalmist: “The Lord is my portion”. He is our all in all, our everything. Can we say we trust Him, and know He will provide, therefore we seek Him above all else and serve Him, because we know He is Good and He loves us so. His grace is sufficient for us! Let us be women who first and foremost find our identity & “wholeness” not in our earthly possessions of beauty, clothing, successful careers, significant others or finances, but wholly and entirely defined, enabled, empowered and sustained by The Lord who is more than enough!
🌱Verse 58 “I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;Be merciful to me according to Your word.”
When the Lord Himself is our inheritance, we can be sure He will answer our seeking with His favor. What is the greatest favor of our God? His Grace! When the Lord is our portion, we need His grace to cover us as we walk with Him. In this flesh we are prone to wander and stumble; thus, we who believe seek for His favor in the form of His mercy & grace. However, we do not do our seeking based on mere emotions or intellectual reasoning but rather we seek His favor “according to His Word”. This distinction is critical and makes all the difference. Yes, God wants us to come to Him how we are, but we can rest assured, He does not desire us to remain that way. He has much better plans for those to whom He gives His Spirit of adoption, to those who seek Him and thus it must be that we come seeking His favor according to His Word. I think about this in our world today. The world says there are many ways to receive the grace of God, many ways to the same destination. But The Lord has spoken and it is clear that we must come to God on His terms to receive His Grace, according to His Word. In John 14:6 Jesus tells us “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.”
And we learn that in order to come to the Father through Christ we must repent and be baptized in His Name (Romans 6:3, Galatians 3:27, John 3-born again). In 1 John 1:7-9 we learn that after we have been born again we can walk in light of God’s Word and Christ’s blood will continually be cleansing us, keeping us in right relationship with God, and when we mess up, we can confess our faults to Him in prayer, coming to His Throne, receiving His grace anew. How peaceful & joyful it is to be a child of God, able to approach the throne of the Almighty and receive His grace to help us! I recall that old hymn: “What a privilege it is to carry, everything to God in prayer”. Let us be women today who pray for & seek the favor of the Lord with all our hearts, walking in the gracious assurance of His love through the promise of His Word.
🌱Verse 59 "I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.”
The psalmist here is examining His lifestyle and practices and the fruit of them. He is checking himself to see if his ways are lining up with God’s Word. When the Lord is our portion, our everything, our sole provider, our source of identity, our comforter and friend, we cannot help but to contemplate our ways to see if we are walking according to His Will. As followers of Christ we do this daily to see if we are “walking in the light” of His Word! If we aren’t, then we repent and turn our feet in the right direction of God’s Ways. The psalmist says he has done this. I have too! When I’ve thought of my ways by looking back on the day in reflection, I have found things that I was practicing or did that didn’t line up with God’s Will and I had to ask God for forgiveness and grace to grow in this area. I find I’m still growing and still have the absolute need to keep my feet in check each day. The Word of God is alive and active and it is a lamp to our feet. Let us have minds that are awake and watching, keeping check where our feet are headed today! May God make us women who are constantly aware of His presence with us in every moment today.
🌱Verse 60: “ I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.”
I once heard from a wise sister in Christ that delayed obedience in her home was treated as disobedience. How true that is in our spiritual walk with The Lord as well! When we examine our hearts, and the practices/fruits of what we are doing each day in light of God’s Word, then His Word reveals where we are “crooked” or “wandering” off the path; yet if we fail to heed what we have learned and continue down that road, even if we simply say “tomorrow”, we are just delaying our obedience and therefore walking in disobedience. Im reminded of James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
Recall verse 32 where the psalmist said “I will run in the way of your commands when YOU enlarge my understanding”. The psalmist knows without the grace of God to help him, he is a hopeless wanderer but when God enables us, we can walk in His ways; and through His grace, we can walk confidently and shamelessly as we die to sin and live to righteousness as His Word lights the way! Let us be women today who are so thankful that The Lord is our portion that we daily examine our lives up to His Word and make haste to walk in His ways!
🌱Verse 61 “The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law.”
Recall verse 53 from last week. The psalmist said that “indignation has taken hold of me because of the wicked who forsake Your law”. Those descriptions “taken hold” or “bound” make me recall the “snare” of sin. Anger in itself is not sin (Ephesians 4:26) but, anger that is held onto can give an opportunity to the devil to tempt us (Ephesians 4:27). It is so natural to feel indignation or anger when we see the fruits of evil in this world seemingly being rewarded but as the psalmist exemplifies here (as well as in verse 11) remembering God’s Word and having it stored up on our hearts can keep us from falling into the snare of sin, being overtaken by it. When we remember the “law” of The Lord, having it stored in our hearts, we can keep our way pure.
Today let us be women who resolve to not let the sun go down on our anger or any other emotion that tries to take hold of us; rather, we take hold of it by bringing it to God in prayer, asking for His grace, remembering His Word, and making haste to walk in His Right ways!
🌱Verse 62 “At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.”
The “midnight” here can be considered literal but I believe there is a deeper meaning. The midnight hour of someone’s life indicates a turning point. It’s the point at which the “fiery trial” is at its hottest; the clock is about to strike 12, and we are embarking on a new season. Did we complain and grumble and squander the refinement process by jumping out of the refiner’s hands? Or did we entrust ourselves to The One who has us safely in His hands despite the darkness, looking always for the lessons in which God may be trying to teach us, knowing He can take what is thrown at us and use it for our good? Remember how we discussed that God sits as a refiner of silver ? The refiner holds the silver in the fire where it is the hottest and only for a specific amount of time otherwise it would destroy the silver. God only allows us into these fiery trials for a certain amount of time, and if we remain in His steady hands during this, we can rest assured the fire is for our good & we will come out of this thing for His Glory! Let us remember the Word of our Lord when we come into our “midnight hour”, so that even in the midst of the fire we can have joy and hope, praising & thanking our God for His right ways which lead to life & make us more like Christ! Remember how the refiner knows the process is done? When He can see His reflection in it! Oh what a joy it is to think we get to be like Him, reflecting His love & truth & grace to the world in the process!
🌱Verse 63 “I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.”
I’m reminded of proverbs 12:26 when I read this: “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Back when I was in my young school years I always thought “the more “friends” the better”, but my ignorant mind didn’t understand the value of quality. I was only concerned with appearances.
Today, my redeemed mind that desires to live a life pleasing to my Redeemer causes me to crave only quality “friends” who desire the same. When we are walking in the light of God’s Word, we are strengthened & empowered to do so even more when we are encouraged by like-minded individuals. Jesus exemplified this. His inner circle or closest friends, for the most part, was made up of individuals who also wanted to do God’s Will. If you’re like me, you probably have said a time or two that you want them to be saved and so you keep close company with them. But, I’m not sure we can say that when we take a closer look at Jesus’s lifestyle. The people He “did life with” were His inner circle. Yes, He ministered to everyone but only kept close constant company with a few. We cannot keep close company with people who forget and forsake God. Don’t get me wrong, we can minister to them as Jesus exemplified but as for keeping close company, we simply must not. Our “circle” reveals our own hearts & thoughts toward God. Our circle will either fuel us or deplete us. Think of it in terms of a garden. If I plant all these great tomato plants, but I do not keep the weeds from taking over, they will suck all the nutrition from the tomatoes and the tomatoes will suffer for it. As a result, the tomatoes will have their growth stunted, be at more risk for diseases, be less fruitful than they could be and they could even die.
Today, let us look at our inner circle and ask ourselves honestly: what kind of company do I keep? are they influencing me or am I influencing them? Who’s winning? Am I being fueled on to righteousness or depleted? Let us take the wisdom from proverbs and apply it as the psalmist does here. Let us keep our constant, close company with those who fear God & keep His Word. And May God grant us His discernment and wisdom as we do this.
🌱Verse 64 “The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes."
When the Lord is our portion, everything is filtered through that perspective. The psalmist isn’t ignoring all the sin and bad in the world when he says “the earth is full of Your mercy/steadfast love..” Rather, he is acknowledging the goodness, mercy and love of God in the face of such evil. Where is our focus? On the bad or on our merciful God? Today we can choose to see the sin and evil that is rampant or we can choose to focus on the glory & goodness of our God! Let it be that we choose to meditate on that which is good! Remember, your thoughts are like seeds; choose wisely what you will think about! If a thought enters your mind and it does not line up with God’s will, then it needs to go! Rebuke the thought in the Name of Jesus and turn your eyes to think on that which is good. “Lord turn our eyes from looking at worthless things and fix our eyes on You!”
Next, the psalmist naturally responds to this observation of God’s love & mercy with a single request: “teach me Your statutes!” When we see and really understand the steadfast love of God, we are compelled to want to obey Him (2corinthians 5:14-15). It is not out of some heartless religious obligation that we obey, but out of redeemed hearts, excited to walk with the One that has been so gracious and merciful to us despite our sinful and rebellious past. We obey out of a “praise God I get to live in harmony with Him” kind of mindset, not a “I have to do this so I can escape hell but I really want to be doing that” mindset.
🌱Let us examine our hearts today. Are we just going through religious motions to escape hell, thinking if we “do this or do that” we’ll get to inherit some “thing”? Is that our motive? Or like the psalmist, do we see that The Lord Himself is our inheritance, and that He alone is sufficient. Do we see that there is life, delight and joy in a life guided by His Word rather than seeing His ways as rules that keep us from doing what we really want to do? If not, God can help us get a right perspective, if we will seek Him for it.
🌱Dear sister, if you are in Christ, I want you to be encouraged today that The Lord is your portion! If He alone is our inheritance, then we can rest assured that we have all we need in this life and the one to come! We will live in true, lasting abundance and this abundance is not as the earth sees it but rather the abundance of the fruit of the spirit poured out and cultivated by God’s grace met with our submitted efforts! It is the best kind of abundance, the kind where the heart knows its identity, it’s purpose and sees it’s imperfection and yet has no need to fear the fire, the midnight, or failure, because in Christ we are made whole and our hope is sure. His grace is sufficient for us. As born again children of God, we can walk confidently in the light of God’s Word knowing we are covered by His grace as we confess our faults; if we fall down, we get up with confidence in Him who sustains us, to keep walking in the ways of His Word, knowing that He is able to work this together for a pattern of good! In the big picture of our lives, we can rest in all our doings knowing that our Heavenly Father is working every single stroke of paint together for our good and His glory; yes, even the darkest strokes! We can ask for wisdom, discernment, understanding and the Lord will teach us His ways! What a privilege! What a gift! We get to walk with Him! Let us be little children of our merciful Father, going forward today in the confidence of His love, always looking to grow in the ways of His wisdom that we may reflect His image to this broken world. Let us be content, whatever our given circumstance, knowing the sufficiency and value of having The Lord Himself as our “portion” ! What a thought to meditate on today! The Lord Himself is my portion.” My cup runneth over”!
That you for being with me as we took a deeper look at these verses this morning! I pray that every soul that took the time to read and study with me is blessed in some way that leads you to a life in closer communion with God and His Word! No time spent thinking on God & His Word is ever wasted! It is of eternal value and is a vital part of our “spiritual gardening” 🙂
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