All, all is ours!
"Daily Need Divinely Supplied" 1870)
"The Lord is my portion, says my soul;
therefore I will hope in Him." Lament. 3:24
It is our great privilege, beloved, that we live in a
'portionless' world. When God parceled out the land
of Canaan among the tribes of Israel, He made an
exception in the tribe of Levi, to whom He said,
"You shall have no inheritance in the land, neither
shall you have any part among them;" assigning as
His reason, "I am your share and your inheritance."
The gospel teaching of this is obvious and significant.
As the Lord's true priesthood, this world is not our
portion, nor earth our rest. It may have required
some painful discipline, and no small measure of faith,
on the part of the devout Levite, as he gazed upon the
fertile meadows, the watered plains, and the vine clad
hills of the Promised Land, before he was made willing
to relinquish it all for Him who is invisible.
It needs no little teaching and discipline
of our God, and no little faith on our part,
before we are led to give up . . .
for Christ; satisfied to have the Lord alone as
our Portion, and heaven only as our inheritance.
"The Lord is my portion, says my soul." His love
to us was so great, that when He could give no
greater proof of that love, He gave HIMSELF!
Nothing more could have expressed the yearnings
of His heart, nothing less could have satisfied the
desires of ours.
And oh, what a Portion is God!
All that He is, and all that He has is ours . . .
every attribute of His being is over us,
every perfection of His nature encircles us,
every pulse of His heart beats for us,
every glance of His eye smiles upon us.
We dwell in God, and God dwells in us.
It is not the world which is our portion, but
HE who made, upholds and governs the world.
It is not the creature who is our portion, but
the Lord of angels and the Creator of men.
All satisfying good!
All, all is ours!
And what a Portion, O my soul, is Christ . . .
a divine Christ,
a redeeming Christ,
a full Christ,
a sympathizing Christ,
an ever present Christ,
an ever precious Christ,
an ever loving Christ!
"Lord, I bless You for the discipline that brought
me to realize what a divine, all satisfying Portion
I have in Yourself. You took from me an earthly
portion, only to enrich me with a Heavenly one.
You removed from me the human prop upon which
I too fondly and idolatrously leaned, that I might
learn what Christ was, as my soul's all sufficient,
all satisfying, and everlasting Portion. I can now
admire the wisdom, and adore the love, that blasted
my gourds and emptied me from vessel to vessel;
that, rising superior to the broken staff, the drooping
flower, and the failing spring of creature good, I
might claim my portion as a true spiritual Levite
in Yourself alone."