Recognize the Richness of Life in Him

Recognize the Richness of Life in Him

Scripture —
 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; 
   apart from you I have no good thing.” 
I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. 
   I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods 
or take up their names on my lips. LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; 
 you make my lot secure. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; 
surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16: 2-6

Observation
David declares how the Lord is the One who is the source of all good things: “Apart from you I have no good thing.” But He also states that whoever pursues worthless gods will only increase their sorrow. That is so true today as many people in our culture pursue the god of materialism, the god of entertainment, and the god of hedonism. The end of these pursuits are only emptiness and discontent.

As the Psalmist, David speaks of his gratitude for the lot of his life, he states clearly that it is the Lord alone who is his portion and sense of security. It is a great thing for us to be thankful for what God has blessed us with; to say with David, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Regardless of what we may be going through now, it is healthy for us to be reminded of the larger picture: we have an eternal inheritance to look forward to, and even in this life, we can recognize where our boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places.

Application
Even in challenging times, I am grateful that the Lord is faithful to remind me of His goodness and His blessings that He has given me. I am grateful for the privilege of serving Him and thankful for the opportunity to pastor the people He has placed in my life.

These words from David remind me how important it is to pursue the Lord wholeheartedly and to know that as I honor Him in all things, He will be faithful to bless, to guide me, and to help me to be fruitful for Him.

Prayer
Lord I thank You this day for how richly You have blessed me and my family. Thank You for the precious people you have entrusted to my care as I pastor through these years. I set my heart to trust in You and follow You closely in all things these days. Help me to recognize that the boundary lines of my life have truly fallen for me in pleasant places. I hunger for your presence and for the place of fruitfulness that You have promised me.

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