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[b]He who can truly say this, is a God[/b]

(Thomas Brooks, "An Ark for All God's Noahs" 1662)

"The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore
I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24

God is every believer's portion.

Riches are not every believer's portion
--but God is every believer's portion.

Liberty and freedom are not every believer's
portion--but God is every believer's portion.

Honor and applause are not every believer's
portion--but God is every believer's portion.

Prosperity and success are not every believer's
portion--but God is every believer's portion.

God is a universal portion. God is a portion that includes
all other portions. God has Himself the good, the sweet,
the profit, the pleasure, the delight, the comfort--of all
portions. There is no good in wife, child, father, friend,
husband, health, wealth, wit, wisdom, learning, honor
--but is all found in God.

There is in God--an immense fullness, an ocean of goodness,
and an abundance of all that graciousness, sweetness, and
kindness--that is to be found in all other things or creatures.
All the goodnesses of all the creatures, are eminently and
perfectly to be enjoyed in God. The cream, the good, the
sweet, the beauty, and the glory of every creature, and of
every thing--centers in God.

God is a universal excellency. All the particular excellencies
that are scattered up and down among angels, men, and all
other creatures--are virtually and transcendently in Him. He
has them all in His own being. All creatures in heaven and
earth have but their particular excellencies; but God has in
Himself the very quintessence of all excellencies!

The creatures have but drops of that sea, that ocean--which
is in God. They have but their parts of that power, wisdom,
goodness, righteousness, holiness, faithfulness, loveliness,
desirableness, sweetness, graciousness, beauty, and glory
--which is in God. One has this part, and another has that;
one has this particular excellency, and another has that.
But the whole of all these parts and excellencies, are to
be found in God alone!

There is none but that God, who is the universal good,
who can truly say, "All power, all wisdom, all strength,
all knowledge, all goodness, all sweetness, all beauty,
all glory, all excellency, etc., dwells in Me!" He who
can truly say this, is a God; and he who cannot,
is no God.

All the excellencies that are scattered up and down in the
creatures, are united into one excellency in God. There is
a glorious union of all excellencies in God--and only in God.

Now this God, who is such a universal good, and who has
all excellencies dwelling in Himself, says to the believer,
"I am yours, and all that I have is yours!"

Every believer has the whole God wholly; he has all
of God for his portion. God is not a believer's portion
in a limited sense, nor in a comparative sense--but
in an absolute sense.

God Himself is theirs.

He is wholly theirs.

He is always theirs.

Our property reaches to all that God is,
and to all that God has.

He has all--who has the Possessor of all.

To be able to say, "God is mine!" is more than
if I were able to say that ten thousand worlds,
yes, and as many heavens, are mine!

Oh what a spring of joy and comfort should
this be to all the saints!

"This God is our God forever and ever!" Ps. 48:14




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