Psalm 16: 5-6: O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; you maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.
Last Sunday I heard a message on Legacy. We should all leave a legacy. Actually, we all do leave a legacy. I’m not talking about money, although that can be a part of it. I’m talking about the legacy of your life. This was what David was talking about in Psalm 16. God’s legacy to us. This was a poem, one so precious that it was to be engraved on a durable tablet. In the Hebrew it is called a Michtam.
Leaving a good legacy is important to your family. David said in his poem, that the lines had fallen to him in pleasant places. Not all of us have a pleasant inheritance. (Again, I’m talking about more than material things).
When you as a dad leave a legacy of abusing your wife, it’s harmful to your children’s future. It leaves fear and lack of trust in their hearts, as well as a big chance that they too will become abusive. When you do drugs or abuse alcohol in front of your family, it’s the same scenario. Women, we too have a legacy to leave behind. Do we take care of our home and children? Do we help our neighbor? On and on the list goes. Plus, what are we leaving behind for others to inherit when it comes to our walk with God? Hit and miss church attendance? Petty squabbles about things that have happened in church? One couple got mad over the choice of carpet color for the new sanctuary and caused a church split. For your kids, for your friends, for your fellow church goers, these are not lines that have fallen in pleasant places. And, by the way, God is not pleased with these squabbles. It’s sowing discord among the brethren.
We all make mistakes. When we do, we should make it right, with God and with man. I’ve had to apologize many times to my husband and kids for my sharp tongue, but I also asked God to forgive me and help me to do better.
My husband used to say something to me every now and then about how he hoped to be remembered. Not as an alcoholic, which he was before he got saved, nor as a man with a hot temper. He wanted to be remembered as a man who loved God and his wife and kids. I’ve heard him mention this in sermons. After his death, many people came to me and told me how much things he had said meant to them. One lady told me that he made people feel like they were worth something. He had that quality. I was broken in spirit when I met him. Even before we became Christians, he made me feel like I had worth and purpose. That was a legacy he wanted to leave. That he loved his God and his wife and kids. He succeeded 100%. He loved God, he strived to become a stronger Christian continually. He also loved the kids and me. On his tombstone we had engraved: A Godly Man Loved By Family. The lines of our inheritance from him fell to us in pleasant places. Our memories are good.
Those same lines can fall to us in pleasant places from Jesus our Lord and Savior. He loved us and loves us still. He will care for us and guide us. He is our cup and He does maintain our lot. If we know Jesus as our Savior then we can say, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.” Until next time!
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