In Psalm 16:6, David says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Author Kathy Mills says that this verse had a powerful impact on her life.
She writes: “The sun was warm on my back as I stood watering the lawn. As I closed my eyes, the words of Psalm 16 whispered gently to my troubled heart. Where was David, I wondered when he said that? Was everything going well in his life? Or was he able to say this in the midst of chaos and tragedy? That’s where I was that morning. Trials threatened to overwhelm me. My father-in-law recently passed away. My father just had a heart attack and a dear family member was missing.
“I sank to my knees in the warm moist earth of the flower bed, tugging at some unruly weeds. Oh, David, I cried silently, were those great words spoken by you on your coronation day? Or, were you in Ziklag when, like me, you were devastated, discouraged and despairing?
“Somehow I’d like to believe it was at Ziklag or a time like that when David penned that great psalm. At Ziklag, where David returned with his men to find that the enemy had invaded and burned the city in his absence, taking the women and children captive. At Ziklag, where David’s own men turned against him, blaming him for the disaster, threatening to stone him. But, where, in the midst of it all, the Bible says, ‘David found strength in the Lord his God.’
“Standing up and brushing the dirt from my hands and knees, I looked around at my home, my garden and the street where my friends and neighbors lived. Suddenly, I knew it didn’t matter where I was, or what the circumstances were. Like David, I could strengthen myself in God and say with confidence, ‘The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places: surely I have a delightful inheritance.’”
Surely, we ALL do! And that’s good news we can use!