pleasant places

IMG_4105My devotional project this month is reading the book of Psalms out loud, and the other morning sitting on my porch (pictured) I ran across this verse:

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. (Psalm 16:5-6 ESV)

I was struck by how the lines have fallen for me. Yes, I deal with politics and setbacks at work. Yes, there are long days and stressful issues. And yes, I know, that Christians can and do suffer, most of them around the world more than I have. I don’t imagine my pleasant places reflect my work or character in any way.

But for now, the lines for me have indeed fallen in pleasant places, at home, at work, at church—everywhere. And this is always rooted only in the sovereign character and purposes of God:

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. (Psalm 36:7-8) 

And so today I’m taking a long draught from this river of delight. Tomorrow I may be more thirsty. Shadows may fall across the lines of my life.

But I will still have a beautiful inheritance. And I will still feast on the abundance of His table.

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About wally metts

Wally Metts is the daysman. He is director of graduate studies in communication at Spring Arbor University and is a pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, MI. The father of four adult children, he and his wife Katie raise barn cats and Christmas trees in Michigan. His grandchildren call him Santa.

2 Responses to “pleasant places”

  1. What an excellent devotional project. And we benefit from your reflections on the Psalms.

  2. Beautiful! Glad you’re feasting on His abundance. Thankful that you share your inheritance.

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