Bread – Eat

April 22, 2016

Psalm 16

“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”  Ps. 16:5

I have heard it said many times that you are what you eat.  We hear every day from some doctor, nutritionist, book author, trainer, life coach or government official that we will be healthy, wealthy, and wise, if we just eat better – e.g. less saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, refined sugar, processed flour, gluten, salt, caffeine, sugary drinks, diet drinks, and genetically modified foods of any kind.   We hear every day from the same people that we would be faster, have more strength, and have less pain if we but “eat” daily exercise like walking, stretching, running, bicycling, and dance.

Well, here the Psalmist David is saying that he eats of the Lord (“my chosen portion and my cup”) and that, as a result, the limitations of life “fall in pleasant places” and his inheritance, what he ultimately gets as his reward, is “beautiful.”

What David is talking about here is not the beautiful body which comes from good eating and nutrition, which is the outside, but the beautiful soul which comes from making God your chosen meal and drink, which is the inside.  And, of course, what is interesting is that we can make the outside beautiful all day long while the inside is miserable, but by making the inside beautiful we will also make the outside beautiful as well.

How can we tell what we are eating?  By looking at a plate.

How can we tell what our chosen portions are?  By looking at our calendar.  If we consider today (24 hours) a plate of food, how much on the plate is useless to good nutrition of the heart and soul?  How much on the plate lifts up our day by giving us power and energy, and how much on the plate of life brings down our day by giving us more burdens to bear, more worries to fret over, more opportunities for the world to tell us who we are.

We are what we eat.  Psalm 16 reminds us that we should be eating of the Lord and His Word, because by making Him our chosen portion and our cup, we live in a pleasant place, no matter our circumstances, and we have an even better inheritance, no matter what.

So, what’s on your plate?


© 2016 GBF  All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.





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