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“Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep Thy words.”  Psalm 119:57.


    A portion has to do with land or real estate. It is something that belongs to us - it is personal. David was king of Israel. He had the ability to choose just about anything that he wanted. He had great resources and his riches gave him many choices. However, his personal choice was to claim the LORD as his portion in life. And that choice involved three critical decisions that affected his life.

    First, that decision involved his heart. “I intreated Thy favor with my whole heart:” (vs. 58). The word ‘intreated’ means to ‘seek after’ and the word ‘favor’ is a term that means ‘face’. David is saying that he is literally seeking the face of the LORD. This appeal come from his heart and his heart wants to know God. The heart involves his innermost being. His decision was to make God’s will his own. His choice was to put God above everything else that life could offer.

    Second, his decision involved his mind. “I thought on my ways,” (vs. 59). God has blessed man with the ability to think and make decisions. The mind that God has given us allows us to invent wonderful things and accomplish much that is profitable and good. But man can also use his mind for evil. A man can decide to use his mind to accomplish what he wants for himself or he can use His mind to follow God. David had made an important decision - “I have said that I would keep Thy words.” (plural! - vs. 57b). His ways were how he would live his life. Interestingly, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in our Bible and every verse is referring to the Word of God with perhaps one exception! He truly became a man who followed God’s Word!

    Third, his decision involved his feet. “And turned my feet unto Thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments.” (vs. 59b, 60). The word ‘haste’ means to do it quickly but also to enjoy doing it. There was no hesitation on his part when he knew what he should do. When his heart was given to following the LORD and his mind grasped what God said, he put what God said into practice. 

    How we live our lives has effect upon others including our families. David had made the decision to follow God’s ways. Will you say as he did, “Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I will keep Thy words.”

Robert Kurtz,  Pastor

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