Candles & IncenseDecember 28, 2023
What if…January 5, 2024
“Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You. I said to (YHWH) the Lord, “You are my (ADONAI) Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”
(YHWH) The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; Indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me.” (Psalm 16:1–2 & 5-6, NASB 2020)
My portion. My cup. My lot. My inheritance.
My cup or portion is what has been assigned or allotted to me. As a family takes a meal together, the parent might apportion the meal to the various members of the family. Perhaps the older boy might get a larger portion than a smaller boy. A smaller child might not eat or need as much as a larger child based on their size, metabolism, or energy needs. This parent must know their children well enough to divide the limited food in a way that is fair and appropriate.
Whether poor or privileged, a family’s prepared meal is not unlimited. A poorer family might have less food to share at mealtimes. In this case, a parent might take a lesser part or the last part out of love or provision for the children. I remember, as a small child, my mother would cut up and fry a chicken for supper. It had two larger breast portions, two legs, two thighs and two wings. There were also some smaller parts that we could not identify. She would pass out the pieces as she saw fit for our family. Daddy and my older brother (10 years older) got the larger breast pieces. I was next in line, so I might receive a thigh and a leg, as did my younger brother. Mama would then take the wings and the gizzard and maybe the fried liver. If we offered to share a chicken leg, she would say how much she really loved the wings and gizzard. Such was her lot, her portion as she saw it. Such was her love for her boys.
All this language is a metaphor for my cup or portion. It addresses a family in David’s time, perhaps 1000 BC. It is also true and relevant to any modern family.
My lot is my allotment, my portion of what comes to me when my last parent dies, or when I reach an age of inheritance. This extends the metaphor from daily food to larger, more permanent possessions.
In either case, I must first consider what I have in life, as being provided by God, my Father. With this in mind, David praised God not just for his lot, his portion, but he identified YHWH as his portion. Having YHWH as his Adonai was his greatest possession, his inheritance, his cup, his lot. So, this metaphor is not so much about what or how much we have, but more about Whom we have. Just to be named among God’s children is our greatest blessing. To be at God’s table in the first place is our most valuable lot. As such, my cup runs over with blessings. My lot in life is sufficient. My inheritance is to enjoy my Father’s protection and provision now in this life, but also to enjoy His presence forever, in my heavenly home.
As we worship Him, think, and remember all the temporal blessings you have from your Heavenly Father, and keep in mind the eternal blessings that await you in Heaven. Perhaps we might articulate these things to Yahweh.
YHWH, my cup is filled with _____________.
My portion is plenty, and it is ___________.
My lot is ___________.
My inheritance is ________________.
Then, tell Him that HE is your Cup, your Portion, your Lot, your Inheritance.
Allow this language of the family to infuse your times of worship and read back to Him, this Psalm of David as your own.
Yahweh, You are my Portion. You are my Inheritance and my Cup; You are my Lot. The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; Indeed, my Inheritance is beautiful to me.” Thank You Abba.
By the way… I “created” this picture using the Microsoft Bing Image Creator. I typed in – rustic coffee mug on a table beside open bible – and this is one of four it created for me.