Psalm 119:57 You are my portion, O Lord;
I have promised to obey your words.
Especially at this time of year, but really all the time, we tend to think about, “What am I going to get?” For the person of faith, the Psalmist here gives the ultimate answer: the Lord. That’s what John 3:16 is all about, and it’s worth more than everything else in the universe put together. When life seem unfair, we need to remind ourselves, “But I get the Lord.” That other person may have won the lottery, literally or figuratively, but if you have the Lord, you are far better off. This is a truth the devil does all he can to hide or distort. Some preachers focus on people getting much lesser things, and because those things are easier to understand, they get a lot of followers. However, all of those lesser things are going to disappear – even our health – when the Lord is the very definition of eternal. When we are in Christ we are blessed in countless ways, but if we focus on the lesser blessings instead of on the Lord Himself, we lose out on so much. The more we know of the Lord, and especially the more we know Him personally, the more full of joy we are, knowing that He is our portion. Any time we are upset with what we get, it means we have lost sight of the Lord.
I’m talking to myself here! There are lots of things I would like to have, both material and otherwise, but I’ve got to remember that I’ve already received something, actually Someone, far better than those other things could ever be. The Christmas season is an excellent opportunity to tell people about the greatest gift that has ever been and could ever be, and that they can receive it as well, if they will choose to do so by faith. Dennis Jernigan captured that in his song, You are My All in All. I’ve got to remember that for myself so that I will be effective in sharing the Gospel with others, so that they too may receive eternal life in Christ.
Father, thank You for giving me the message for the first Sunday in Advent! I wasn’t expecting it this early, but You are certainly gracious in all of Your blessings. Thank You for all that You enabled us to get done yesterday. We have very full schedules today. Help us rest, relax, and rejoice in You, however busy our bodies might be, so that we may indeed delight in Your greatest gift to us, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!