A friend once asked me about the concept of having boundaries. She didn’t know if it was a scriptural concept since you don’t see the word ‘boundaries’ too many times in the Bible. Her comment spurred me on to do an in-depth study on this topic.
Psalm 16:6 says that the boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places for David. What boundaries was he talking about? In verse one, we see that one of those boundaries was using God as his place of refuge. Another boundary was walking in the realization that apart from God, David had no good thing in him. (verse 2)
David says in verse 3 that he delights in God’s people. He realizes that fellowship with the world is crossing the line of pleasant boundaries. Next we find the boundary of only following the one true God, for crossing that boundary line will cause our sorrows to increase.
In verse 5, David has discovered that he can have a secure boundary by trusting in God. He sees in verse 7 that there is a boundary of following godly counsel, rather than crossing that line and walking in the counsel of the wicked. (Psalm 1)
Since David has set the Lord always before him, he knows that he won’t be shaken. (verse 8) Walking in the boundaries that God has set forth causes David to rest secure. (verse 9) Some people may perceive God as a cruel dictator who won’t let you have any fun. They think of Him as a God who gives you a huge list of things that you can no longer do. David sees those same boundaries as a pleasant thing. That is why he was able to say in verse nine that he could rest securely. The results of staying in God’s boundary lines leads to being filled with joy and finding eternal pleasures. (verse 11)
Are you staying in the boundary lines?
© 2005, Stacy R. Miller