Christ is our All
Category : General
Psalm 16: 5 (KJV)
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The first two verses here are loaded with terminology that is suggestive of the division of the land of Canaan among the tribes of Israel, in which situation it will be remembered that the Levites had no portion except God. They did not inherit the land as did the other tribes. The Holy One in the focus of this prophecy was another who, like the Levites, had his portion in God. This too excludes the application of the prophecy to David. Of a certainty, the King of Israel was a landed potentate of the first rank; and, in no sense, was his portion “in Jehovah.” His portion also included the kingship over all Palestine.
It is here that the Messiah speaks. He said Jehovah is the portion of His inheritance, this is in contradistinction from idols. I seek no earthly good; I desire to do the will of God, and that only. It is God who has given me this lot – to redeem mankind – to have them for mine inheritance. From him I have received the cup of suffering, which I shall drink for their sake, through which I shall impart to them the cup of consolation. He, by the grace of God, has tasted death for every man; and he has instituted the cup of blessing to commemorate his passion and death.
Here the Psalmist explains his sentiments more clearly. He shows the reason why he separates himself from idolaters, and resolves to continue in the church of God, why he shuns, with abhorrence, all participation in their errors, and cleaves to the pure worship of God; namely, because he rests in the only true God as his portion. It is commented on that the unhappy restlessness of those blind idolaters whom we see going astray, and running about as if stricken and impelled by madness, is doubtless to be traced to their destitution of the true knowledge of God. All who have not their foundation and trust in God must necessarily be often in a state of irresolution and uncertainty; and those who do not hold the true faith in such a manner as to be guided and governed by it, must be often carried away by the overflowing floods of errors which prevail in the world.
As is pointed out, this passage teaches us, that none are taught aright in true godliness but those who reckon God alone sufficient for their happiness. David, by calling God the portion of his lot, and his inheritance, and his cup, protests that he is so fully satisfied with Him alone, as neither to covet anything besides him, nor to be excited by any depraved desires. Let us therefore learn, when God offers Himself to us, we are to embrace Him with our whole heart, and to seek in Him only all the ingredients and the fullness of our happiness. All the superstitions which have ever prevailed in the world have undoubtedly proceeded from this source, that superstitious men have not been contented with possessing God alone. Are you satisfied with God alone, is He your portion and lot?
Have a great and God filled day!