“The Lord is my portion,” Psalm 119:57a
Would you like a helping of mashed potatoes? How about gravy on your turkey? As Thanksgiving approaches, images of buffet lines with mouth watering foods appear on magazine covers and cooking shows. "I'll take a portion of that," we say in relation to food. But how often do we consider the Lord as our Portion? We may admit we're familiar with "The Lord is my Shepherd," but not, "The Lord is my Portion." Lately, I've been struck by this verse. Why? Because I'm not always mindful of it. Although the Lord has given Himself to me to satisfy my deepest needs; too often I grab from the world's buffet. I hold to a loaf of what someone said that hurt me. I refill my cup with their critical words. I empty my plate only to refill it with the same temptation. The result? I'm left longing. But what if instead I turned my back on the world's buffet and reached for the a heaping portion of the Lord? What if I took a slice of the bread of life and read a chapter in the Bible? What if I drank in the living water of His Spirit? The fact is, "The Lord is my Sheperd," but He's also, "...my Portion." I'm reaching for Him this week. How about you? What's in your hand?