God as our Portion – Part 2

“I sought Your favor with all my heart; Be gracious to me according to Your word.” – Psalms‬ ‭119:58‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Seeking God’s Face

The Hebrew word favor here is also translated face. Which allows us to render the verse as the NIV does, “I sought Your face with all my heart.” This is a very interesting idea for sure, at least to me. In Scripture, we learn that no one can see the face of God and live (Exodus 33:20), but we also read that if a person has seen Jesus, they’ve seen the Father (John 14:9). 

Connecting these dots would mean that seeking the favor of God is to seek the face of God, and to seek the face of God is to seek Jesus. One more reason why Jesus is the only way to God. He is the exact representation of God’s being (Hebrews 1:3). He is God.

Tying this in with verse 57, God as our portion necessitates seeking His face with our whole heart. This result has always been the desire of God’s people. Think about this blessing found in Numbers 6,

“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” – Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26 ‭NASB‬‬

Notice David had this as his aim pretty much verbatim in Psalm 119—“I sought your face… be gracious to me.” 

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Pursuing God, Provision & Protection

Pursuing God is an obvious part of Him being our portion. The Scripture is clear, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) and again, “Seek first the Kingdom…” If we are going to seek God with all our heart, then He must be our treasure—He must be our portion.

This also brings us back to the idea I mentioned in our earlier post about provision and protection as a member of God’s royal priesthood. David prayed for God to be gracious, “according to His word.” Jesus said that if we seek first the Kingdom, “all these things will be added.” 

What are “all these things?” According to Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus showed us exactly what will be added (He didn’t write us a blank check here). What we eat, drink, and wear (v. 25) and the very length of our life (v. 27). This is provision and protection—this is blessing according to God’s word.

Now here’s the kicker, when God is our portion—and it’s His face we seek—we are not the pursuant of provision and protection. We are simply guaranteed these things. God knows what we need. 

So, what does this mean for the lives God has made for us?

  1. God made us to need things besides Him. 
  2. God made us to need Him personally. 
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Prayer

We should never forget that God’s prescribed action for us is to pursue Him and trust that He will take care of the rest. Which leads us nicely into the subject of prayer. 

Although God knows what we need before we ask, He never implies that He gets tired of us asking. Sure, God doesn’t want repetitive babel, but He always invites us to pray. David knew this and practiced it often. See Psalm 41:4; 56:1; 57:1 for a few examples. God was David’s portion, and David sought God through prayer for everthing else.

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Conclusion

Jesus is our portion and our cup. Through him, we have provision and protection. He is the bread that brings life. Consider the Word of God, given through Moses (Deuteronomy 8:2-6):

“You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

—What’s in our hearts? Have we sanctified Christ as Lord, looking to him only as our portion?

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”

—Are we trusting God to be what he always has been? Our full provision? 

 

“Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.”

—Do we trust him to be our protection, looking to him only for what we need? 

“Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son. Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.”

We are his children. He is our full and complete portion. Are we open to being sanctified and disciplined so that we can fully walk in this truth? 

Psalm 119:103 says that his words are sweeter than honey. Psalm 34:8 tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good. 1 John 5:3 reassures us that his commands are not burdensome. 

He is not only our portion, he is the sweetest, most fulfilling portion we could ever receive. Everything we need is in him alone.

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Let’s Talk

Have you looked at God as your portion? Your only portion? How can you sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart this week. Comment below or email me at nathan@nathanfranckhauser.com.

 

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