(Francis Bourdillon, "The Lord Our Portion!" 1864)
"You are my portion, O Lord" Psalm 119:57
"You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Psalm 142:5
God is a satisfying portion. At least He ought to be. And indeed He is — in proportion as He is enjoyed.
As a grown-up person no longer cares for toys — so a spiritually-minded person does not care for the trifles of the world, as he used to care for them. The world's pleasures are but toys to him — he has found something better. The Lord is his portion. That is enough. He wants no more.
All that comes to him, he takes as part of his portion — because it is from the hand of God. Be it much or little, be it what he would have chosen or not — it is what God sends, his allotted portion. So he is content — content and thankful and happy; for with all that God gives, He does not withhold . . .
the sense of His favor and blessing,
the humble yet firm persuasion of His pardoning mercy,
His love and grace in Christ Jesus.
What portion can the world give like this?
God is a sure portion too. An earthly inheritance, however safe it may seem, may be lost. Earthly joy may quickly be turned into sorrow. Everything earthly may be changed or lost. But the Christian's portion is a sure one — for God is his portion — and God never changes.
"God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!" Psalm 73:26