1 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
3 As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the LORD continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16 NASB
Nathan opened the blue Bible and the kids followed suit with their red Bibles and he turned to the sixteenth Psalm to continue the habit he resolved for our family this year. We aren’t just beginning the day in prayer but in His Word – real food; so, I guess we are having “breakfast” together every day.He read Words that were familiar to me, but this time something was new all over again! The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places… Lines. Boundaries. We never have really been good at staying in between the lines, have we? Eve crossed the line…Adam followed suit, and God created a new line for them – a boundary between him and them. Moses crossed the Red Sea, but he also crossed the line with his temper and wasn’t allowed across to the Promised Land. The Israelites crept across the lines to Canaan, only to hurry back across to the dessert out of fear…and they stayed there for 40 years. David and those attempting to carry the Ark of the Covenant back to the City of David crossed the line when they forgot their reverence for the Lord, and some died. My little boy still scribbles outside the lines.
I still have to swerve back over in my lane every once in awhile. I have crossed the lines of sin over and over. Jesus…He also crossed the line.
1 That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship and a place of worship here on earth. 2 There were two rooms in that Tabernacle. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place. 3 Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place. 4 In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the Ark were the cherubim of divine glory, whose wings stretched out over the Ark’s cover, the place of atonement. But we cannot explain these things in detail now.
6 When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room as they performed their religious duties. 7 But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them. 10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.
Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
16 Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. 17 The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.
18 That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. 19 For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. 20 Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.” 21 And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. 22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9 NLT
Jesus walked right up to veil and it tore from top to bottom, and He kept walking. He walked right up the Maker of all Creation – to The Father Who had had to turn away from The Son as He hung on the cross. Jesus walked right past the Courts and The Holy Place and into the Holy of Holies and He declared it all – all sacrifices and all boundaries between us and God – FINISHED! And, according to the Psalmist, He has drawn other lines…”in pleasant places.”
So, are you in “pleasant places”? (There seem to be prerequisites to these places – things like “no other gods” and having God alone as your portion and “setting” Him continually before you.) Are you enjoying the inheritance of the Lord or are you still seeking to go back to Egypt so that you could have more variety? Are you content with the life God has given you or are you craving more and different and seemingly better? Are you accepting of the convictions He is placing on your life or are you pacing at the line, waiting for the next opportunity to run “free”? Our Savior came to die that we would live; He crossed all lines, so that we could have them marked for us in pleasant places.
I think I’d like to try to stay between the lines.