Our heritage is not dependent on our family ancestry, on who we are or what we have done or where we come from but rooted in accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our background, our past life, our social status, our education, our wealth, none of these things carry any weight, they are all temporal. We are adopted into the family of God, by accepting the free gift of salvation, and we become children of God by the grace of God. We have an inheritance in God’s kingdom and so we can say; ‘your statutes are my heritage forever.’
Your Statutes are my Heritage Forever
Psalm 119:111 Meaning
Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem where each section starts with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The psalm celebrates a love for God’s Word with enthusiastic praise for His word, which stands forever and provides all the guidance that we need for life. The psalmist uses a variety of terms to emphasise different aspects of God’s Law. These include word, testimonies, precepts, commandments, judgements and statutes.
In this verse the word ‘statutes’ is used to describe our heritage in God’s Word. The implication is that when a law is on or reaches the statute book, it means that it has been formally approved. The law is recorded and becomes enforceable – it can be used in a court of law. God’s ‘statutes’ in this verse refer to the covenant promise, the heritage of God’s people in the promised land. The land itself was only part of the promise, God’s protection, peace, prosperity, and blessing were to be enjoyed by God’s people living in obedience under His reign.
See I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.Deuteronomy 30:15-16
A heritage to value and celebrate over!
The Joy of my Heart
This psalm is not declaring a love for the law just as rules to be kept and obeyed, but as the revelation of God’s grace. It is in His word that we learn of God’s character, and it is through His word that we come to know and love Him. His word is His creative power, bringing light and life, and drawing us into a relationship with Him. God’s word is His covenant of grace flowing towards us, bringing light for our path.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.Psalm 119:105
The psalmist declares that God’s promises are the joy of his heart. There is a deep and lasting joy, when we place our hope in the trustworthy word of the Lord.
Our Hope for Today and our Hope for the Future
We now live in the time of God’s favour, with the revelation of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. The promises of God are all fulfilled for us in Christ Jesus, and affirm God’s faithfulness throughout history to His people, our hope for the future.
We now, by faith, live with the promise of an inheritance in the new creation, which does not perish, spoil or fade, for it is the gift of eternal life. This is the hope that we have, the forgiveness of our sins and our acceptance by God. This hope is kept in heaven for us, a place prepared by Jesus and by His righteousness.
God’s word, His statutes, ‘are the joy of my heart’ because they are the foundation of our lives now and they are our hope for the future!Tweet