Lines in Pleasant Places – Psalm 16

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.  Psalm 16:6-7 NKJV

David probably wrote Psalm 16 while he was on the run from Saul.  Looking ahead, he faithfully believed the promises of the Lord despite the challenges that surrounded him.

As he finally assumed his promised role as King of Israel, the lines of life did fall to David in pleasant places.  He was now the king, the head of the line of David in the promised regal line of Judah.  This line extends down through Mary and her husband Joseph to include our eternal King, Jesus Christ. 

All Israel was now united under David, and with God’s blessings they were able to subdue each of their surrounding enemies.  God continued to expand the boundary lines of the nation.  The areal extent of Israel would reach its peak during the reign of David’s son, Solomon, extending all the way to the Euphrates River, just as God had promised Joshua after the death of Moses. 

The throne of David would extend into eternity under the authority of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. We will see many references to it as we continue to move through the genealogy of Jesus.

Psalm 16 contains words and phrases that remind us of the wonderful gifts God gives to those who seek Him.  It recounts the fullness of joy, pleasures, and hope that a relationship with God returns to us.  We receive rich blessings of gladness, wise counsel, sureness and an eternal inheritance in the presence of the Lord.

David was not only a king, but a prophet.  As David brings praise about the blessings of God, many of these are also prophesies about the coming Messiah.  As Psalm 16 continues, David writes:

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.  10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:9-10 NKJV

Jesus was not left in Sheol, or Hades, after His crucifixion. He was raised to life by the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. And we, too, are raised with Christ, those who believe in Him.

At the Pentecost feast, ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to 120 of His Jewish followers who were gathered at His direction in Jerusalem.  As the Holy Spirit fell on them with the sound as of a rushing wind, they began to praise Jesus and the Father in a new heavenly tongue.  Miraculously, many other Jews at the feast, visiting from other nations to faithfully celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, could understand what the disciples were saying, even though they did not speak a common language.  

Amid the crowd’s amazement, the apostle Peter preached the gospel to them, quoting this prophecy from the psalm of David to point them to Jesus, their Messiah, who had been crucified. 

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37-38 NKJV

This very first sermon was used by God to call out the first fruits of His new church from this group of faithful Jewish believers. Over three thousand came to believe in the risen Christ and were baptized that day. 

Like David, all believers in Christ enjoy the future of a pleasant inheritance.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the blessings of Abraham are given to all who receive Christ, to those of both Jewish and Gentile heritage. 

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:12-13 NKJV

Our lines have indeed fallen in pleasant places. May you be blessed with all the blessings of Christ today.

Reflection

Most of us pray to ask for God’s help in a time of crisis, but how many of us return to thank Him once we have been delivered? 

In Luke 17, Jesus healed a group of ten lepers on the road after He directed them to see the priests.  Only one of them returned to thank Him and to worship Him.  Jesus wondered, “Where are the other nine?”

God wants us to take the time to realize the many ways in which He has blessed us.  To the extent that we live in gratitude for what He has done for us, we also enjoy the many pleasures of life and the peace that David outlines for us in Psalm 16.

How have the lines of your life fallen in pleasant places?

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