Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
"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).
On the day that I write this, the chilling rain and wind of some days ago has gone away. The waters where I live are no longer flood-stage torrents. The daffodils are above water, and at least three species of trees are in full bloom, putting on a great show of beauty. It's pleasant!
Psalm 16 describes God as our refuge, and confesses that all is well. Is this the case when it doesn't look so great? Were my lines in pleasant places when I fought snow and sub-zero temperatures to do my work? When I was suffering from illness? When I face trials? When the woodpile moves into the deep water?
Yes, in all these times, God is still good. He has preserved his people for eternal life. He will never abandon them. He is always the good Lord.
Our confidence is not in the situation. It is in the Lord of all, who lives and reigns forever. It is in the triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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