Lines

Psalm 16:5-6, The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  KJV

I know you have heard that saying, “this is my lot”.  It usually has a negative tone, and it refers to the bad things that happen to us in life.  David said, “LORD, you alone are my inheritance, you are my cup of blessing.  You guard all that is mine”.

God designed the lines, He made it happen, He was guarding what I have been given.

There are some that do not value what God has given to them.  We should always value what God has given to us.  We should value our lot, we should value what God has blessed us with!

This is the conclusion that David comes to next: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (v.6). In this verse we are reminded of the dividing of the land of Israel among the tribes, and each tribe receiving their inheritance.  Then each tribe and family had it’s inheritance too with careful boundary lines between each man’s land.

I want to tell you about this gentleman named, Naboth.  Naboth’s ancestors had been given land on which they had planted a fertile vineyard. It had been lovingly nourished for generations.

So, when king Ahab wanted it, Naboth refused to sell. Here are his exact words, 1 Kings 21:3, And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.  KJV       God gave it to me!

It was not his to sell. It was his delightful inheritance which he had received from his fathers and he would pass it on to his sons after him.

Ahab cried on his bed that his offer had been refused and then Jezebel acted and paid men to accuse Naboth of blasphemy getting him found guilty and stoned to death so that that Naboth’s pleasant place could become the king’s.

He sought to tear another man’s lot out of his hands. He was not contented with his own lot.  Oh, wow, there is another sermon.  The point is, God lays out our boundary lines and they are special.

Some sellout for hardly nothing.  Remember Esau???  God had laid out the lines for his life and in a moment of weakness he gave it all up for a bowl red pottage.

Don’t sell your inheritance in a moment of weakness, remember God gave it to you!

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