A Pleasant Land

“The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance” (Psalms 16:6)!

David reflected on God’s goodness and thanked God for giving him a good inheritance. David commented on the wonderful things that God had bestowed on him. Most people know that land and property has significant value which is passed down through generations. David was counting his blessings not just for himself but for his children’s children. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22).

During bible days, the people lived off the land and farmed produce and livestock as a means of income. David came from humble beginnings and was one of eight sons of Jesse. David was a shepherd for his father’s sheep and protected his sheep well. David was elevated from a shepherd to a warrior in the army of Saul and then to King of Israel. David is a descendant of Abraham and inherited the covenant of blessings. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out” (Deuteronomy 28:6).

We have a great inheritance and every possession given to us by God is blessed. You may not feel like you own a lot but a little will become much when God is in it. God is not limited by numbers and quantities and he specialises in expansion and enlargement. We saw this with Jabez who prayed for God to bless him. “Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked” (1 Chronicles 4:10).

Our God turns water into wine (John 2:1-11); Jesus fed five thousand with five loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14:13-21); Jesus multiplied fish into Peter’s net so that his boat almost sank (Luke 5:1-11). In the Old Testament, God worked through Elijah and caused a handful of flour and a jar of oil to last for an entire famine (1 Kings 17:7-16). God also used Elisha to cause a jar of oil to multiply to pay off all of a widow’s debt and leave enough to care for her and her sons for all of their lives (2 Kings 4:1-7). Our inheritance is whatever we own and when we surrender it to God, he makes it pleasant and he causes it to multiply and meet our needs. Do not limit what God can do and expect greater things to come.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah‬ ‭54:2‬).

A.P.-Y.

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