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Summary: How content are you with your God-given assignments in life?

“Soul Talk: About My Assignment…”

Ps. 16

We’ve all receive assignments – perhaps from a teacher, a coach, a director, a boss, or a commanding officer. Even the government assigns us to certain categories and requirements. Some assignments we like and some we do not; some we wish we’d get and do not receive. How content are you with the assignments in your life?

According to David, God has also given us assignments. David wrote (2) “I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” David was content with his God-given assignments. How content are you with your God-given assignments? It’s important to note that DAVID’S CONTENTMENT CAME FROM CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S ASSIGNMENTS, because it’s the same place we can find our contentment as well.

But what does confidence and contentment look like? Listen again to verses 5-6: “LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” To have confidence in God’s assignments is to ACCEPT GOD’S PROVISIONS. After Israel conquered the Promised Land, boundary lines marked off the inheritance portions of the tribes, clans and families in Israel, and then each individual lot was marked with a "landmark" that was not to be moved. Each tribe except Levi was assigned this special inheritance. Because they served in the sanctuary and ate of the holy sacrifices, the priests and Levites had the Lord as their special inheritance and David saw himself in that privileged position.(1) “LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup…” David understood that THE POSSESSIONS WE HAVE AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE ARE IN REPRESENT THE INHERITANCE HE GIVES US. David rejoiced that God had caused the lines of his inheritance to fall in pleasant places, and that he had a "delightful inheritance.”

God had given David his life and everything he had, and it was good. Can you say this morning, “God has been good to me?” What is your personal experience with God? Why are you here today? Is it not because God, in his sovereignty, has saved you, given you life and blessing and riches eternal? Is it not because Jesus Christ has called you and chosen you, and died to forgive you? Isn’t it because God has placed some very significant people in your life, throughout your life, to nurture, challenge, and love you? Is it not because God has placed some extremely significant events and times of anointing in your life? Isn’t it because, though you have failed time and time again, God, in Jesus, keeps calling and welcoming you back? Has God been good to you?

To accept God’s provisions is also to recognize that GOD SECURES OUR LOT. Verse 5: “You make my lot secure.” God guarantees our security. Listen to Isaiah 62:3 & 5: “You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God…As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” You are so valuable, you are God’s crown! And he doesn’t wear you on his head, but holds you in the palm of his hand – the place of ultimate security. The only way God can express in human terms the value we have to Him is to use the language of expensive jewels. In my heart I have a special name for each of my grandchildren. It’s the only way I can fully express in words their preciousness to me. So with God – he rejoices in us as the crowning jewels of His life – and holds us secure forever.

And that enables us to be content in his love. What in the world can possibly harm or destroy you when you are so valued and secured by God? God has committed Himself to you! It is all by His initiative. You don’t have to earn it, you don’t have to court him and win his favor, you don’t have to beat out 20 other contestants to be wed to Him. The God who created and sustains the world, who so loved the world that He became flesh and lived and died so He could rise again and save you from death, the same God who ascended into to heaven to intercede for you and prepare an eternal place for you, is the God who loves and values you. Jesus Christ is the proof. Your declining health, your loneliness, your grief, your loss of job or position, your alienated relationship, your crumbling marriage – none of it – nothing at all – not even the spiritual forces of evil – not even your sin – can ever separate you from God’s love or tear you out of His hand.

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