1. Hello, listening friends.
2. It is always a great encouragement for us to know that you are tuned in to this broadcast;
3. and we always love to hear from you and know how this broadcast is blessing your life.
4. If you are joining us for the first time,
5. today, we begin the second half of the message from Psalm 16.
6. In the last message, we learned of the condition of our inheritance in Jesus Christ.
7. Today, we will look at the content and the culmination of our inheritance.
8. Turn with me to Psalm 16,
9. and I want you to look, particularly, at verses 4, 5 and 6.
10. “The Lord is my chosen portion, and my cup.”
11. When David wrote Psalm 16,
12. he was a fugitive from King Saul.
13. King Saul was chasing David all over the countryside.
14. When David was being chased by the King’s henchmen,
15. he was deprived of his earthly inheritance.
16. Each family that came out of slavery of Egypt into the Promised Land
17. was given an inheritance by Joshua;
18. and that inheritance has passed from generation to generation;
19. and it stayed in that particular tribe for generations.
20. David’s portion of inheritance was in the fields and in the farms of Bethlehem;
21. but here is something very important I want you to listen to carefully.
22. As long as King Saul was on the throne,
23. there was no hope that David would enjoy his inheritance.
24. Even his parents became fugitives with him in the land of Moab;
25. but, far from feeling sorry for himself,
26. far from being filled with bitterness and hatred,
27. David said, “Forget about my earthly inheritance.
28. I have a far better one.
29. I have the Lord.”
30. So many Christians sing, “I would rather have Jesus than silver and gold.
31. I would rather be His than riches untold...”
32. I wonder how many of us, in truth, really mean that.
33. We can sing that, but can we do it?
34. Would we really walk out on silver and gold and riches untold?
35. In Psalm 16, verse 6, David says,
36. “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.”
37. When I was looking through this passage, I wanted to say some things to David.
38. “Be realistic, David.
39. You are a fugitive and have no home.
40. You have a cave for shelter.
41. You have a rock for a pillow.
42. David, you have a stone for a bed.
43. David, you are being hunted like a mad dog.
44. David, you are a nobody.”
45. Oh, but I know what David would say to me.
46. “You don’t understand.
47. The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
48. Surely, I have a delightful heritage.”
49. He would say to me, “You don’t understand, my friend.
50. You are thinking like those who live by sight, and not by faith.”
51. He would say to me, “This is the language of faith,
52. and I live by faith, not by sight.
53. You want your comfort on earth,
54. but I am looking forward to my inheritance in Heaven.”
55. My listening friends, please listen to me very carefully.
56. You might not like what I am going to tell you.
57. So many Christians are discontented in life, because they are blind to their godly inheritance.
58. They are restless, because they are blinded to their eternal heritage.
59. The young generations have unrealistic expectations, which make them frustrated and restless in life;
60. and it is because they do not focus on their inheritance in Christ.
61. They look at each other, and compare themselves with others,
62. and they get depressed;
63. but David says, “That’s not me.”
64. Why David? Why is that not you?
65. What makes you walk by faith, David?
66. What makes you walk in faith in tough times in your life?
67. You know, my friend, it is easy to walk in faith when the sun in shining,
68. but David was not there.
69. He was fighting for his life.
70. What makes you walk in faith, when things are blowing in your face?
71. David would say, “Because I remember when I was a young man,
72. a Prophet named “Samuel” came to my father’s house, the house of Jesse,
73. and he had a horn with oil in his hand;
74. and he anointed me with oil,
75. and he told me that God has a plan for my life.
76. He told me that I have an inheritance that is incorruptible.
77. He told me that I have an inheritance that cannot be stolen from me,
78. an inheritance that no one can take away,
79. an inheritance that no one can deprive me of,
80. an inheritance that no one can exclude me from,
81. an inheritance that can never, never be lost;
82. and no one is going to change that.”
83. My listening friends, please listen to me very carefully.
84. Some of you might be going through your own private Gethsemane right now.
85. Like David, you could say, “Back then I came to Jesus Christ,
86. and I surrendered to Him,
87. and I received Him as the Savior and Lord of my life,
88. and He promised me eternal life,
89. and He promised me inheritance with Him,
90. and He told me that He has a plan for my life,
91. and He promised me glory with Him,
92. and He promised me to reign and rule with Him.
93. No matter what I am going through right now,
94. no matter how dark it may get,
95. no matter how difficult it may be,
96. no matter how tough it may appear to be,
97. the boundaries have fallen for me in pleasant places.”
98. My friends, I know that we live so much by sight, and not by faith;
99. so much so that the unbelievers may struggle to distinguish between the way a believer lives and an unbeliever lives;
100. and we wonder why we are not making an impact on our society and the world.
101. The condition of our inheritance,
102. the content of our inheritance;
103. finally, the culmination of our inheritance -
104. verses 7 to 11.
105. David is saying,
106. “In this life, I am guided by God.
107. In this life, I am gladdened by God, not by how much money I have.”
108. David is saying, “In eternity, I will inherit the universe.”
109. You know, there is a prophecy, here, in verse 10 of Psalm 16.
110. It is a prophecy that is quoted in the New Testament by both Peter and Paul.
111. It is a prophecy that is fulfilled in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
112. Listen to that prophecy now.
113. “You will not abandon me in the grave, nor will you let your Holy One…”
114. that is reference to Jesus Christ,
115. because only Jesus Christ can be called the “Holy One of God…”
116. listen to the rest of the prophecy:
117. “…nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”
118. That is why Jesus Christ rose from the dead;
119. and He is the only One Who ever did.
120. The entire New Testament affirms that our own resurrection is sure because of Jesus’ resurrection.
121. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, I shall never die;
122. and, if you ever hear that I have died, don’t believe it.
123. I will be more living than I ever lived before.
124. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, I shall live with Him forever.
125. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, I shall rule and reign in the universe with Him.
126. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, I shall share in the inheritance of Jesus;
127. and how much is that inheritance?
128. Is it measured in the millions?
130. Is it measured in the billions?
132. Is it measured in the trillions?
134. No, and a million, no.
135. It is measured in the billions of galaxies that my Father in Heaven owns.
136. The whole earth is not even a drop in all the oceans in comparison to my heavenly Father’s inheritance.
137. Now, I want you to look at verse 11 of Psalm 16.
138. “At Your presence, there is fullness of joy, and at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
139. Let me tell you something from history.
140. In the first century Rome,
141. there was an inheritance custom for fathers and sons.
142. When the son becomes of a legal age,
143. his father would take him to the Forum;
144. and the father stands next to the son on the platform in the Forum,
145. and the father would say to the citizens of the city,
146. “This is my son.
147. He has now come of age.
148. He inherits my name.
149. He inherits my possessions.
150. He inherits my property.
151. He inherits my social status…”
152. then, he would take off the boy’s youthful toga,
153. and, then, he would put on him “toga viriles,” or the “coat of a man.”
154. From that moment on, it is known throughout the city
155. that all that the father is and has belongs to the son.
156. Now, my beloved friends, I want to tell you something important.
157. When you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ,
158. when you walk in righteousness with Him,
159. God the Father says,
160. “All that is Jesus’ is yours.
161. All that Jesus has is yours.
162. All that Jesus inherits is your inheritance.
163. All that Jesus accomplished is your accomplishment.
164. All of Jesus’ righteousness is your righteousness.
165. All of Jesus’ authority is your authority.
166. All that belongs to Jesus belongs to you...”
167. but, more than that…
168. the day is coming when the Lord Jesus Christ will stand on the platform of the Forum of the universe,
169. and He will take off my human body, and clothe me with a heavenly body.
170. and He will declare that you are a joint heir with Him of all things.
171. This is the inheritance, my friend, that is worth singing about.
172. This is the inheritance that is worth waiting for.
173. This is the inheritance that is worth the name.
174. Do you have it?
175. Do you have that inheritance, today?
176. If you don’t have it, you can.
177. You can come to Jesus, today,
178. and receive Him as the Savior of your soul,
179. and the Lord of your life,
180. and you can be assured of that inheritance,
181. not because I said so,
182. but because the Word of God said so.
183. If you want to pray with me this prayer, please join with me now.
184. Father, it is in the name of Jesus that we come to you.
185. We are overwhelmed,
186. unable to even comprehend the incredible inheritance that we have in You.
187. Father, there may be someone listening who has never understood what it is to surrender to You;
188. and they may not understand what it is to be co-heirs with Christ.
189. Please help me to understand.
190. Please help me to understand what it is to be an inheritor with Christ.
191. In Jesus name,
193. There may be someone who is listening to us, today,
194. who does not understand what it means to be “co-heir” with Christ.
195. We hope that you would write to us, so that we can help you along the way.
196. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.