The Coin of the Realm


Psalm 37: (3b) “Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture; (9b) But those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land; (11) But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity; (22a) Those the Lord blesses will inherit the land; (27) Turn from evil and do good, then you will dwell in the land forever; (29) The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever; (34a) Hope in the Lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to inherit the land.

The country of my heart is the kingdom of God and the currency is Jesus and the finished work of my Lord on the cross. In my favorite “fret not” chapter in the Bible (Psalm 37), the land of inheritance is mentioned frequently against the backdrop of continuous evil.

How easy it was to reflect on “the land” yesterday during an 82-degree sunny spring day! Daffodils that lined the roadside lifted my spirit, not only to appreciate the promise of summer, but to look up and reflect on the “things above” mentioned in Colossians 3:1-2: “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

During this season of Lent, I am grateful that my “coin of the realm” is the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that my land of inheritance is God’s kingdom. There I always enjoy safe pasture, peace, the prosperity of my soul, and hope. My heart will dwell on “things above” that the daffodils only whisper subtly to me as I drive along the road.

My Lord. My land.


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