You Are My Portion
57 You are my portion, O LORD; I have said I would keep Your words.
58 I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word.
59 I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statues
The Psalmist is inviting God to fill him, to become a part of him. By keeping Your words and Your commandments, I am asking you to become a part of my life, to fill that portion which I have set aside for you.
Although Christ longs to fill all of us, often we have set aside a small space for the presence of God in our life. Many believe that by keeping God’s law and commandments, we are making room for Him, the keeping of His law and commandments does not come from wanting Him to come into our life, but by having Him already in our life.
Therefore, the Psalmist says, “I entreated your favor with my whole heart.” When we open our whole heart and life to God, honoring him with our thoughts and actions, then the mercies of God lie before us, within our grasp, not because of what we have done, but because Christ has bridged the gap between us and God’s mercy. The gap was created when sin separated us from God.
God, makes himself known to us through nature, the sacred writings of the Holy Scripture and through the Holy Spirit working upon our heart. When we look upon God through these different means he has presented before us, then self-examination will show us where we fail to live our life in accordance with God’s will. This is essential for spiritual growth and the formation of a noble Christian character. It is not an easy matter that happens overnight but is the process that will last a life time. God desires to take away all unfavorable trait, so that He is truly reflected in our character. He desires that His character become our character.
When we closely examine our past, and the many times we have fallen short of God’s glory and desires for our lives, then we will hasten, delaying not to keep Your commandments which You have given for our benefit so that we may see our need for You in our lives.
By delaying, by not turning my focus upon God, I am robbing myself of time spent with God. For procrastination is not only the thief of time, but also of eternity.
Yet all around me, the wicked seek to bind me within their web of treachery. They seek to rob me of the blessing and mercy that you freely give to all those that seek you and desire to keep your laws and statutes.
Although they tempt me and seek to ensnare me, they could not keep me away from God, nor God away from me. The consciousness of his fidelity to the law has given me courage to face the foes who are around me.
It is in the quiet hours of the darkness while other sleep that I choose to spend time in praise and devotion to the one that assures me of my salvation.
Though I have the companionship of friends and family, they pale when compared to the dearest friend of all and that is Christ Jesus. Because of Christ, I will then be a companion of all who diligently seek Christ and keep Your precepts.
Therefore teach me and fill me full of Your mercy and teach me Your statutes placing them deep within my heart.