This article is by Paul Tautges and published by BCC
“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 only way for us to walk through this temporal life with hope that endures is to find our fullest joy and satisfaction in God Himself. If our relationship with God is not our highest treasure, then our faith will not endure all the unforeseen troubles that lie in our path. This is the key lesson from Psalm 16.
Four Indications That You Believe the Lord Is Enough
“The Lord is my chosen portion” is David’s testimony and the theme of this song. To encourage you to come to the same resolution, the Holy Spirit reveals four indications from David’s life that the Lord was enough for him and, likewise, should be enough for you.
1. Your most valued community is spiritual.
First, your most valued community should be God and His people. Ultimately, the Lord was the only one on whom David could rely for his well-being. Along with David, can you say, “Lord, I have no good apart from you” (v. 2)? But David’s faith was not private, not isolated from others. Instead, he knew his spiritual health was partially dependent upon living in community with other “saints in the land . . . in whom was [his] delight” (v. 3). In other words, he chose “the excellent ones” to be his closest companions, not those “who run after another god” (v. 4).
2. Your deepest contentment is found in God.
Second, your contentment needs to be in God and His providence, that is, in His care for you and others. Again, David says, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup.” But he goes on to say to God, “you hold my lot” (v. 5), and “the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” (David may be referring to the boundaries of the Promised Land allocated by God Himself.) By trusting that God’s rule was in keeping with His divine wisdom and goodness, David was able to acknowledge that he, too, had “a beautiful inheritance.” Are you content with the arrangement of matters in your life?
3. Your ongoing commitment is to praise and obey God.
Third, your commitment must be to praise God and to follow His Word at all times. Say with David, “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel” (v.7), and “I have set the Lord always before me.” As a result, David can also say, “I shall not be shaken” (v. 8). As a spiritual discipline, praise keeps your mind and emotions fixed upon God instead of on the trouble that threatens to shake you. Are you praising God and heeding His Word?
4. Your heart’s comfort is found in God and His presence.
Fourth, your greatest comfort will be from God and His presence, both here and in eternity. David looked beyond the troubles of the present to the hope of future glory in the presence of God (v. 10). The well-being of your mind and heart come from intentional reminders that God not only makes known to you “the path of life,” but also that He will one day bring you into His very presence where “there is fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore” (v. 11). Is God enough for you?
Questions for Reflection
- As you read this, you may have become aware of areas where you are not following David’s example in your walk with God. What are some of those areas?
- Pray about these areas and surrender them to the Lord, then read through Psalm 16 on your own. In what specific areas can you praise God for His sufficiency and goodness today?