Isolation Introspection – 8 April 2020

A MIKTAM OF DAVID. “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. 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. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Psalm 16 (ESV)

Consider the author of this psalm—King David. Notice what he says in verse 6: “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

Now, consider the life of King David. This man endured great hardship! He was chased by his father-in-law, betrayed multiple times by friends and family, and dealt with the heavy burden of leading Israel, to name just a few. But in his eyes, his life is blessed; and why? “I have a beautiful inheritance.” David was considering the fact that after this life, he would have a new and better life. The rest of the Psalm makes clear that he is looking forward to eternal life!

Finally, consider what God is doing in your life during these times of crisis. Do you have the same perspective; that, whatever evil may be occurring, ultimately you can endure because you have an eternal inheritance? I’m praying for that perspective today—for you and for myself!

The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!