Monday, July 21, 2008

I'll Take an Extra Portion of That, Please...

So, maybe we’ve heard it said before in a song, or read a verse that says it… but what exactly does it mean when we say, “You are my portion.” I was listening to a song by Charlie Hall this morning and when I sang the part, “You are my portion”, I stopped and thought, “What am I really singing here?” So I decided to do a little research for those of you who are like me and often wonder, “What is the real meaning of that?!”

Before we get started… let’s look at a definition of the word.

Portion: (por·tion –noun)
1. a part of any whole, either separated from or integrated with it
2. an amount of food served for one person; serving; helping
3. the part of an estate that goes to an heir or a next of kin
4. Literary. something that is allotted to a person by God or fate
5. to furnish with a portion, as with an inheritance or a dowry

So, there are several things I can take from each of these definitions…

1. God COMPLETES me! Wow... that's pretty incredible to think about. How many of us try to complete ourselves? Or look to others to complete us? Pretty nice to know that I need to look no further than my heavenly Father.
2. He is my helping! (You know, like on Thanksgiving when you just can’t get enough of that really good casserole and you give yourself a huge helping of it? It’s kinda like that!)
3. I am an heir to the estate of Jesus! I will live forever in Christ’s kingdom, and enjoy the splendor of his majesty for all time!
4. Well, I could go on and on about this one… but consider all that has been “allotted” to us by God.
5. Think of our inheritance in Christ!! Really stop and think about it. (Did you really stop to think about it, or are you skipping ahead???)

Ok, now that you have REALLY stopped to think about it, I will wrap it all up with my opinion. I think that when we sing or read the words “You are my portion," we are saying this:

“God – YOU are my EVERYTHING. You make me whole and I can’t get enough of you! My inheritance is with you and I can’t wait until the day that I am face-to-face with you for eternity!”

Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Psalm 119:57 "You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words."

Psalm 142:5 "I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

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Jennifer said...

Whewwwwwww! I loved this post! My favorite part was "He is my helping". I just can't get enough of Him and I want more and more and more ("like that really good casserole on Thanksgiving that tastes so good"). He quenches my thirst, but it tastes so good I want to keep drinking (like a cool glass of sweet iced tea on a hot summer day). He is my portion and nothing else satisfies. I feel His presence with me and I don't want it to stop, I hear His voice speak to me and I want Him to keep talking, I experience His love for me and I want to soak in it forever.

Trischa said...

This is a really great post, Shanen! Very good points and extremely well written! Thanks for sharing!