Words from the Heart for Monday January 23rd, 2017
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Psalm 16:6 (NIV)
A Delightful Inheritance
All around us people complain of being left out or of others getting a better lot in life. They may feel like someone else gets all the “luck.” As children of the Lord we have been brought into a blessing that causes us to celebrate that the “lines of my life” have marked out a delightful inheritance from the Lord. Be available to share with someone today just how wonderful it is to serve the Lord.
Over the next decade, Canada is going to experience the largest generational transfer of wealth in her history, and in this country there is no inheritance tax. Instead the Canadian Revenue Agency generally treats the estate as a sale. This means that the estate pays the taxes owed to the government, rather than the beneficiaries paying. By the time the estate is settled, the beneficiary should not have to worry about taxes. When a person dies, their legal representative has to file a deceased tax return to the government. Any taxes owing from this tax return are taken from the estate before it can be settled. Once the executor has settled the estate, the CRA issues a clearance certificate to confirm all income taxes have been paid or that the CRA has accepted security for the payment.
There are some words that just fit how they sound. The word delightful is just such a word. It even sounds delightful. And it describes so beautifully the best that this world has to offer. We take delight in the beauty of this world and in those we love. The Bible also tells us to delight ourselves in the Lord. That’s the best advice ever. The Psalmist speaks of another delight. In Psalm 16:6 we read “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” This is a beautiful picture. It is a picture of a son who inherits from his father the best of the land. David here is using that analogy to describe the blessings that God pours out on his children. He says that the boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places. What God has given him is the best, the most beautiful, the most plentiful. God has provided pleasant things. He always does. He pours out His blessings on those He loves. When we receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, we become heirs of every blessing that God pours out on His children. And we delight in all that He provides. We don’t deserve any of it but God gives it anyway. That is what grace is. The unmerited favour of God. What delightful things has God provided for you? Take time to thank Him and praise Him for all He has given you.
These have been words from the heart.