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My Portion

Phew.

There’s a lot of stuff going on.

My heart has been so heavy for friends going through difficult circumstances.

Sickness. Death. Abuse. Unrest. Loneliness. Injury. Persecution. Lack.

It’s easy to worry.

But this morning I was reading Psalm 73:25-26 which says,

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

It’s comforting to know that when everything else falls apart (flesh and heart – which other interpretations call our bodies, health, emotions, mind, spirit and any other personal noun you want to throw in there) that God has promised to be our immoveable strength.

But this morning I felt led to look at the end of this verse: my portion. What in the world does that mean? What is our portion?

The Hebrew word is chleq and it means “my territory.”

My territory is everything and everyone in my circle of life.

I decided to interpret it like this: “my people.” The people I love. The people I care about. The people who are in my world in any way, shape or form.

I am finding great comfort today knowing that God is not only the strength of MY heart – but He is the strength of MY PEOPLE.

And God is the strength of YOUR PEOPLE too today. Your children. Your parents. Your spouse. Your co-workers. Your friends.

You do not need to carry their loads. Jesus has promised to hold onto their hearts and infuse their weary spirits with supernatural strength from on high.

The Message version says this: “God is rock-firm and faithful.”

And that’s enough.

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