Pleasant Places …

by TerryLema

It is the last day of the first month of the new year.  The new year is not so new anymore.  There are already cracks in the “unity” promised by politicians. There are new strains of the virus invading the US. Science is unsure whether the vaccines will be effective against these new more contagious strains. Schools are trying to reopen in many places where they have been closed all year. People still are not back to work. The shine on the new year is dulling rapidly.

It would be nice to know what the future holds for the remainder of this year and for the next year and the next. Unfortunately, we do not have a crystal ball to read the future, but, then, I am not sure I want to know what the future holds. Living one day at a time is a much better option.

While we do not know the future here on earth, we do know who holds our future.  David reminds us of two important things in Psalm 16.

“Lord, You are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” [Psalm 16:5-6 HCSB]

We are reminded first that the LORD God Almighty is our portion and our cup of blessing. We may not have much here, but oh the glory that we have in knowing God!

Then David assures us that God holds our future, and that future is one of eternal beauty.  The “boundary lines” of our inheritance are eternally secure.

Peter, in his first letter further defines the “boundary lines” of our inheritance.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” [1 Peter 1:3-4 HCSB]

Our inheritance is one of living hope. Imperishable. Uncorrupted. Unfading. Kept in Heaven just for us!  Glory!


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