Our Portion

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 73

The Promise: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (v. 26)

“It’s not fair!” These words can get us in a lot of trouble. Look what happened to the writer of Psalm 73. He knows that God is good, until he looks around at others who seem to be getting more than their share. And then he drowns in envy. The result? The Message puts it plainly: “I nearly missed . . . seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way . . . envying the wicked who have it made” (vv. 2-3). The issue of why the wicked prosper really bothers him—as it does us. In fact, he gets a “splitting headache” (v. 16 MSG).

But in God’s sanctuary he is reminded of the final destiny of the wicked. Now the psalmist pours out one of the great themes of Scripture: No matter how bad my life gets, God is my rock and my portion. This “portion” is more than a fair share of the pie. It is an irrevocable gift, an inheritance, even a reward, because of his special relationship with God. It is his hope!

Like this psalmist and all the rest, we have the promise that when our “heart throbs” and our “strength fails” (Ps. 38:10), when our “soul longs, yes, faints” for God (Ps. 84:2), when we are “poured out like water” and our “heart is like wax” (Ps. 22:14), we will be upheld by God.


Lord, when my heart fails within me, you are my portion.