My God, my Portion

My God, my Portion, and my Love,
  My everlasting All,
I’ve none but Thee in heav’n above,
  Or on this earthly ball.
What empty things are all the skies,
  And this inferior clod!
There’s nothing here deserves my joys,
  There’s nothing like my God.
To Thee I owe my wealth, and friends,
  And health, and safe abode;
Thanks to Thy name for meaner things,
  But they are not my God.
How vain a toy is glittering wealth,
  If once compared to Thee!
Or what’s my safety, or my health,
  Or all my friends to me.
Were I possessor of the earth,
  And called the stars my own,
Without Thy graces and Thyself,
  I were a wretch undone.
Let others stretch their arms like seas,
  And grasp in all the shore;
Grant me the visits of Thy grace,
  And I desire no more.
Tim Naftzger

Boise, ID, United States

Lately, life has been pretty good; friends, family, activities, life in general has just been awesome... but singing this song brings me to tears realizing that nothing I have will ever compare to the Lord and His great love for me. He is the only one that is unchanging, and in the end, nothing in this world even matters. Only our God. There is nothing and no one like Him.

Christine Tsung


Praise the Lord, He is our eternal portion , He is our God, nothing I could find anymore, but just enjoy His presence.

Rocio Arevalo

Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico

Disfruto este canto pues me recuerda que Dios es mi porcion y mi herencia ETERNA!!! y que es lo unico que tiene sentido en TODO EL COSMOS. Necesito seguir en este disfrute hasta que sea mucho mas real en mi.

Everstray Evans



Lily Wong

Mississauga, ON, Canada

Yes, there are a lot of treasures of this world that people seek and run after even ending of given up their lives for, but to us, the Body of Christ, we would say that yet they are not MY God, I really love this verse so much, they are NOT MY GOD, no one and nothing could compare with the Lord I Have, He is the only One I pursue and run after, days after days, years after years, experiences testify and strengthen to me that nothing, yes NOTHING could compare with you Lord either in heaven or on earth. You are my GOD and everything. I love you Lord.

Cristina Flores

Calgary, AB, Canada

Oh I enjoyed this song so much. In the last verse it says, "let others stretch their arms like seas, and grasp in all the shore." That we should not be like others, to care and want the world. We are peculiar Christians, we are nothing like the rest of the world. I just enjoyed that how we need to desire no more! That the only reason we're here on this earth is for the Lord, this realization became more clear to me this year. We're not here to be a famous athlete, or to watch TV or waste our time on needless things. The Lord did not create us to play sports, He created us for Him. For a purpose. He's OUR GOD!!!! We were made specially by Him. When you have something that you created, even if it starts to crack, it's your own, you treasure it soooo much. This is the same way with the Lord, He created us and treasures us the way we are, sinful men, the Lord loves us regardless and unconditionally. We need to realize that He IS OUR GOD, we may leave Him, but OH LORD JESUS!!! He will never abandon His treasures.

Filip S. Syrek

Reading, United Kingdom

With much regret I must admit that there not always has been a time where I could say: Lord, You are the only One I desire... There was a time when my heart was not ready to confess it. But as the time went by and I have been drawn by the Lord more and more, slowly, gradually I began to realise the uniqueness and pre-eminence of this all-inclusive Christ. Praise Him! It is not of me but solely because of His work and mercy that now I can say with the deep confidence within: Lord, I love You and there is nothing and no one in the heavens or on the earth that I desire but You... He is the only future of mine. What empty things are all the skies if once compared to Him! There's nothing here deserves my joys. There's nothing like MY GOD!

I chose to include this hymn in our collection. At the time when I was considering whether or not to include it, I became troubled because I felt that according to its sensation, the hymn was fitting, but according to revelation, there is little to distinguish whether the hymn was composed by a Jewish writer or a Christian. The hymn covers the matter of God being our portion, but it does not suggest that God is our portion in Christ and through the Spirit. In essence, it contains nothing concerning God's New Testament economy.

Of the one thousand eighty hymns that we selected for our hymnal, Hymns, #600 was the only one that we chose simply because there was no other hymn that could replace it in terms of the sensation of the hymn. For this reason we chose this hymn and assigned a more fitting melody than its original melody in order to uplift the hymn's sensation. The writer might have seen something regarding God's New Testament economy, but he did not mention anything concerning God's economy in the hymn.

If we modified Hymns, #600 in order to uplift its spiritual content, we would need to insert the thought concerning the Father being our portion in the Son and through the Spirit. By including in the Son, the thought of redemption would be implied. If Christ had not accomplished redemption, we would not be able to come to the Father. According to the New Testament, God cannot be our portion unless He is in the Son, because He is holy and we are sinners. Thus, for God to become our portion, there was the need of redemption in the Son (Rom. 3:24; 5:1-2).

However, the thought of redemption in the Son is still not adequate. There also needs to be the thought of "through the Spirit." Second Corinthians 13:14 says, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." In this verse we see God's economy in His reaching us. God does not come to us directly, for the love of God requires the grace of Christ, and the grace of Christ needs the fellowship of the Spirit. When we have the love of God as the source in the grace of Christ as the course through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit as the transmission, God becomes our portion. Such a thought is according to God's New Testament economy.

It is good to sing Hymns, #600, but we need to realize that it is lacking the revelation concerning God's New Testament economy.

At the Lord's table, which is altogether related to God's New Testament economy, the Spirit is within us to remember the Son, who leads us to the Father (Luke 22:19-20; Matt. 26:30; Eph. 2:18; Heb. 2:12). Thus, in the Lord's table meeting it may be better not to call Hymns, #600.

Since we have been justified, we have entered into another realm—the realm of grace. In this realm of grace our enjoyment is God Himself. Romans 5:11 says, "Boasting in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." Our boast is not in our reputation, education, home, possessions, or situation, all of which are worthless when compared to God. Our boast is in our God, and our glory is in Him. Recently, my wife and I moved into a new apartment. After everything in it had been arranged, I looked at it and was very pleased. However, as I was admiring it, the Spirit reminded me that these things are worthless compared to God. Then I opened to Hymns, #600: "My God, my Portion, and my Love, / My everlasting All." God is our eternal portion. Outward things may be good in a shallow sense, but they cannot compare with God. We have peace toward God, we are glorying and boasting in Him, and we are enjoying Him.

God called Paul and said to him, "I send you, to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me" (Acts 26:17b-18). This inheritance is God as our possession, that is, God as our land with its rich produce. Today man needs land to provide food for his living and a lodging for his rest. As we have seen, Psalm 16:5 says, "Jehovah is the portion of My inheritance," and Psalm 90:1 says, "O Lord, You have been our dwelling place / In all generations." Hymns, #600 is written based on these two psalms. The general idea of the hymn is that God is our eternal portion, our everlasting all, and our safe abode. God is our land and our dwelling place. It is no wonder that when the Lord Jesus came, He said, "Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). Moreover, in John 15:4 He said, "Abide in Me." Today all men have lost God as their possession, and they have no real dwelling place. Fallen people are all drifting about and wandering without a home. Although they may live in high-rise buildings or large mansions, within them there is no rest, no dwelling place. Man is wandering because he has lost God. God is man's real dwelling place and real possession.