“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; Thou dost support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me” Psalm 16:5-6
Earthly inheritances are given for a variety of reasons usually because we are related to someone. What is given comes from the generosity of the benefactor. In our relationship to the Lord our inheritance is un-merited and of eternal value. It is given by God’s grace and for His glory and truly is a “cup that runneth over”
David’s praise certainly looks to the future but also encompasses the present when he says of God, “Thou dost support my lot”. What we are right now, while walking this earth, is supported by God. He has decreed who we are, what we do, where we go our entire “lot in life”, and here is where it gets really interesting, note the praise, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed my heritage is beautiful to me”. When we speak about our “lot in life” it is often with negative connotations. Not David. We all know he had many trials and tribulations but through it all he knew the “lines fallen to him” – where “God took him” – lead to “pleasant places”. What a great perspective on life.
In summation he adds, with more than a settled, “I can’t change things” attitude, “…my heritage is beautiful to me…”
Are we happy where God has us? Do we “delight in our heritage which is in the here and now” and “awaits us in the future”? These kinds of meditations have a way of lifting our hearts a little more heavenward and preparing us for the joy of praising with others and shouting the good news that the Lord is our portion and our inheritance!!
All By Grace