Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. (Psa 119:57)
This is Psalm of a satisfied soul!!
The best illustration is expressed by the hymn “Jesus is all the World to Me” by Will Thompson in 1904.
Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.
Note the second line. This line expresses the secret to becoming a “Satisfied soul”. Make Jesus your “all in all”. This means that He becomes “our life, our joy, our all”.
Psalm 119:57-64 expresses the process and actions of a man or woman that has made God their all in all. Let’s take a brief look.
A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Declared Portion (vs57)
The word for “portion” means inheritance as in God’s giving of the inheritance to the tribes in the Promised Land. If you remember, every tribe received their “inheritance” (portion) of land. All but the Levites. Thiers was a better portion. It was a close relationship and service to God!
The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. (Deu 18:1-2)
This acceptance and declaration of God being our portion provides several important bits of help.
A foundation for fervent contentment
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb 13:5)
A force against fierce covetousness
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psa 73:25-26)
A focus upon future crowns and not present gain
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Ti 4:8)
A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Defining Passion (vs58)
The word intreated means to wear by constant rubbing. So the idea is his intearting for the favor of God is constant and consistent. David had a case of OCD for God’s presence.
Note that David was not a priest of Levite. He was a layman. But you say, God used him mightly. Yes, and He will use us if we have the same heart and decision to make God our portion and passion!
A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Chosen God as Their Desired Path (vs59-60)
Reflection on God’s Word and a considering our doings, brings repentance, or a turning (or returning) to a new or different path.
This verse also teaches us that repentance seeks no delay to get on the right path.
To delay in sin is an increase in sin.
A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has to God Demonstrated Their Persuasion (His trust and faith in Him) (vs61-62)
Though there be many problems or persecutions (bands of robbers), he will not forget God’s laws or ways or promises. These problems will not hinder nor alter his service or walk with God.
A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Gods’ People as His Devoted Partners (vs63)
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal 3:16-17)
He will choose his companions not by their person -all them
He will choose his companions by their piety – that fear the Lord
He will choose his companions by their practice – that keep thy precepts
A satisfied soul and one that has God as His Desired Pleasure (vs64)
The Psalmist seems to be saying, as I look at all your mercy, grace, power, please teach me more about you. “My life, my joy, my all”.
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