1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Welcome to this new broadcast.
3. We have been doing a series of selected Psalms.
4. We looked at Psalm 2 and Psalm 14;
5. and, today, we are going to study Psalm 16;
6. and I want to begin by saying,
7. inheritance has become a big business.
8. I have seen the negative side of inheritance.
9. I have seen how inheritance can cause grief and heartache among family members.
10. I have seen how inheritance separates siblings from each other.
11. I have seen how arguments over inheritance alienates family members from each other.
12. Most often, there is resentment and bitterness over inheritance.
13. Please don’t misunderstand me.
14. I am not against inheritance.
15. In fact, the Book of Proverbs says it is good for a father to leave an inheritance for his children,
16. so I am not against inheritance;
17. but I have seen enough heartache and pain over inheritance,
18. and that makes me long for my own spiritual inheritance -
19. the only inheritance that is worth the name.
20. Let me tell you about the real inheritance of the believers in Jesus Christ.
21. Our real inheritance will not perish.
22. Our real inheritance cannot be destroyed.
23. Our real inheritance can never be stolen by thieves.
24. Our real inheritance will be with us after we die and go from this world.
25. Our real inheritance is far superior than all of the money in the world today.
26. Parents, I want to tell you something with the confidence and the authority of the Word of God.
27. There is an inheritance that you can leave your children that can never be destroyed.
28. That inheritance is your godliness.
29. That inheritance is your walk with God.
30. In Psalm 16,
31. David looks down through the eyes of prophecy,
32. and he sees the New Testament.
33. He sees and anticipates the Son of David;
34. and, then, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
35. he prophesies and writes Psalm 16.
36. I want you to turn with me to Psalm 16 in your Bibles.
37. “Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge.
38. I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
39. apart from You, I have no good thing.’
40. As for the saints who are in the land,
41. they are the glorious ones who is my delight.
42. The sorrows of those increase who run after other gods.
43. I will not pour out their libation of blood
44. or take up their names on my lips.
45. Lord, You assign me my portion and my cup.
46. You have made my lot secure.
47. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.
48. Surely I have a delightful inheritance.
49. I will praise the Lord Who counsels me;
50. even at night, my heart instructs me.
51. Because He is at my right, I will not be shaken.
52. Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
53. my body also will rest secure
54. because you will not abandon me to the grave nor will you decay.
55. You have made known to me the path of life.
56. You will fill me with joy at Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”
57. Let me share with you my simple outline.
58. First, we see the condition of our inheritance.
59. You found that in verses 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Psalm 16.
61. we see the content of our inheritance -
62. verses 5 and 6.
64. we see the culmination of our inheritance -
65. verses 7 through 11.
66. Let’s look at the conditions of our inheritance.
67. What are they?
68. Look carefully at the first four verses of Psalm 16.
69. David is saying that those who have their inheritance in Christ
70. are totally under the cover of the sovereign Lord.
71. They are totally owned and operated by the sovereign Lord.
72. They are conscious of the fact that their very breath is in his hands.
73. They are, body and soul, sold out to Jesus Christ.
74. They are protected by Him.
75. They are preserved and engulfed by Him;
76. but there is something else that is very important, here. I want you to notice.
77. David uses three of the names of God,
78. three different names of God in the original;
79. and he uses all three names in the first four verses alone.
80. He uses the name “El,”
81. from which we get “Bethel” – a house of God;
82. then, he uses the word “Jehovah,”
83. and, then, he uses the word “Adonai.”
84. Three original words are used, here, in this verse.
85. “El” is the word that describes the all-powerful God—the Almighty God.
86. “El” describes the God of power and might;
87. but David also says God is Jehovah.
88. Jehovah, or Yahweh, is the God of the covenant.
89. Jehovah is the God Who enters into a saving contract with us;
90. then, thirdly, he uses the word “Adonai.”
91. “Adonai” means “Lord, my sovereign Lord,” or, “my King;”
92. so, when you put all of these together, David is saying, “El Jehovah Adonai,
93. my Maker, my Mediator and my Master,
94. and, because He is all these three things to me, I am living in Him;
95. therefore, I have no fear of those who are trying to hunt me down.
96. Because I am living in Him,
97. I am not daunted by my foes.”
98. Why is this true?
99. Because the condition of my inheritance is guaranteed by Him.
100. Because the condition of my inheritance is totally protected by Him.
101. Because the condition of my inheritance is my complete preservation in Him;
102. therefore, I know that the condition of my inheritance is the complete covering under Him.
103. The condition of my inheritance is my complete and total security in Him;
104. but David is saying more than this.
105. He is saying that… “El Jehovah Adonai means so much to me
106. that nothing and no one will ever mean as much to me.”
107. In fact, David is giving us a very subtle test here.
108. It is a self-administered test.
109. It is a test to know if you are really going to inherit with Jesus or not.
110. As I said, it is a very subtle test.
111. As soon as I point it out to you, you will see it, right here, in this text;
112. and here is the test.
113. Ask yourself three questions.
114. Do I seek the company of the Lord more than anybody else in the world?
115. Do I seek the company of those who seek Him?
116. Do I feel uncomfortable in the company of those who sin bluntly and openly?
117. Do their values of godlessness trouble me?
118. Do their lifestyles of wicked and wickedness repulse me?
119. That’s the test;
120. and it is a self-administered test
121. to know whether or not you meet the condition of your inheritance.
122. My listening friend, please listen to me very carefully.
123. If you are like Peter, warming your hands in the fire of the godless,
124. if you warm your hands in the fire of those who resent the Lord Jesus Christ,
125. then, you have gone too far from Him.
126. Now, listen carefully, please.
127. Get back to Him before you deny Him all together.
128. Perhaps, you knew the Lord Jesus at one time in your life,
129. but the persecution from others caused you to turn from Him.
130. Perhaps, you have accepted Jesus Christ earlier in your life,
131. but you became discouraged by difficult circumstances in your life,
132. and you turned away from the Lord.
133. I want to tell you that God still loves you,
134. and He longs for your fellowship.
135. You can get back to Him right now.
136. When you turn to Him, He will meet you with open arms.
137. The Scripture says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus;
138. therefore, God will not reject you when you come to Him in repentance.
139. Instead, He has an everlasting inheritance waiting for you.
140. As you have listened to this message,
141. if you realize that you have drifted away from the Lord,
142. make the decision to return to Him, today.
143. You can do that by praying this prayer with me, right now.
144. “Lord God,
145. forgive me for turning away from You.
146. Forgive me for my wandering away,
147. and receive me back into Your presence and Your fellowship.
148. I want to restore my relationship with You.
149. I want to begin living for You,
150. and I want to spend eternity with You in Heaven.
151. In Jesus’ name,
153. We love to hear from you, my listening friends,
154. so please write to us.
155. Until next time, we wish you God’s richest blessing.