I’m an Heir of All Things
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Psalm 16:5-6 5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
The sixteenth Psalm has been called the Golden Psalm. It is a prophetic Psalm that is all about Jesus. Paul and Peter both quote from this Psalm in sermons they preach in the New Testament as they declare the glory of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. The Psalm declares the heritage awaiting Christ and the security God provided to His Son to endure all hardship and trial, even death itself. Jesus had complete confidence in the keeping power of His Father.
Those who are in Christ are able to claim the same heritage and security. We have been made joint heirs with Jesus of all things (The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…Romans 8:16 – 17). Every promise of eternity that was realized by Jesus is also ours, because Christ is in us, the hope of glory. Look at what the Psalm declares:
- In Him we find refuge (vs. 1).
- In Him we find goodness (vs. 2).
- In Him we are glorified because He delights in us (vs. 3).
- In Him we find counsel and guidance even in the darkest hours of our lives (vs. 7).
- In Him we find stability and security (vs. 8). In Him we find joy, peace, and rest (vs. 9).
- In Him we find eternal life and will experience it in His presence forever (vs. 10-11).
- If power is needed, then in Him we find unlimited power because He is omnipotent. If knowledge and wisdom are needed, then in Him we find infinite knowledge because He is omniscient. If peace and security are needed, then in Him we find perfect refuge because He is omnipresent and will never leave us or forsake us.
You may have noticed that I left out of the list the promises of verses five and six. They are my specific scenic overlook today. They are marvelous promises of what we have in Christ. They have become for me the healing salve that is placed on the wounds of worldly living. Whatever the hardship, trial, trouble, or disappointment, these promises are always true of my life and they cannot fail. But healing salve is only beneficial when applied to the wound. It is of no value if left in the cupboard. Oh how guilty we are of responding to life’s wounds according to the flesh rather than the Spirit. We wallow and wail in the wayside of waste when right across the road is a scenic overlook into eternity. Look at what’s waiting there for us –
- The LORD has assigned us our portion and cup.I cannot help but think of the wonderful meals my mom would prepare for us when we would visit. In addition to having plenty of everything, and demanding that we take large portions, she went far beyond and made sure she prepared everything we ever loved to eat – cookies, caramel rolls, special salads, and pies! She assigned to us exactly what she knew we would love and enjoy the most. Similarly, our spiritual portions have been assigned to us by the One who knows us and loves us completely, and every portion is designed to bring the greatest experience of ultimate joy in His presence.
- The LORD has made our lot secure. He is our eternal title insurance. He owns the deed to our lives. No one on earth or in the heavenly places can steal or buy back our lives from the eternal and all-powerful hand of the Father. But we are guilty in little ways of giving back to Satan and to the world what does not belong to them. Discouragement, outbursts of anger and frustration, and impulsive attempts at problem solving and fixing are all indications that we have not fully accepted the lot God has given us. When we are shaken we are not secure. We cannot be both at the same time.
- The LORD has put the boundary lines of our lives in pleasant places. According to the words of Jesus, “We know the truth, and the truth has set us free.” Free to live in the boundless expanse of God’s grace.
- The LORD has given us a delightful inheritance. We must remember from an earthly perspective that an inheritance is not experienced until after a death has occurred. We know it’s coming, but we also know that it only comes after a time of sorrow and grieving. We may seem morbid but we must admit that we have even made plans of what we will do with the inheritance once we receive it. In the spiritual realm, the death that provides the inheritance has already occurred – the death of Jesus. We may think that we have to wait to die to receive the benefits of the inheritance, when in reality the inheritance is already ours. Certainly the physical experience of heaven and reigning with Christ must wait, but Paul also said that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing from on high in Christ. We need to start living like the inheritance is a delightful reality.
So stop pulling off the road of life into the wrong wayside. Choose the scenic overlook into eternity, and realize that it is your present possession. Why let the world shake your life, when you can rest in the refuge of the LORD? Everything that is His is yours. Enjoy it! It’s a delightful way to live.