The Lord is my portion.”
Psalm 119:57

The common word that the Israelites used to refer to the Lord is the word ‘Portion’ or in Hebrew, heleq, which literally means a share, inheritance, or allotment.

When initially read, it doesn’t convey much to the contemporary reader, but taken into its cultural context, the word is powerful to convey God’s love towards His own people.

The Jewish People always had patriarchal structures for their families; most commonly cited for these practices is the portion or inheritance of the eldest son or the firstborn male.

Usually, the larger portion of the inheritance was given to him as a sign of the legacy of the family and as the bearer of the name of the father’s lineage.

To say that the Lord is my portion not only means that he is someone of worth, but it is actually saying that He is the only One of worth or value to life. He is the Father with whom one is devoted to and dearly beloved by.

All the descendants that ever lived gave up their portion to their beloved families and when we utter this phrase to the Lord, we are in turn saying something like, “Lord, I am yours and You are mine. All that I have is yours, and my life is only worthy or worthwhile because you give value to it. You are the source of everything that my life draws from and ends with.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the most known preachers that ever lived, had this to say about the Lord being our portion:

No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together.”