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 gift of salvation! I am a child of God, by the grace of God and so we can say; ‘your statutes are my heritage forever.’
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”Psalm 119:111
Our hope for today and our hope for the future!
This means that our inheritance is a place 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 by His righteousness.
When a law is on or reaches the statute book, it has been formally approved and written down and can be used in a law court. God’s word, His statutes are the title deed, they are the covenant promise which guarantees my place in heaven!
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.Psalm 119:36-37
His word is totally reliable, dependable, steadfast, true, and unchanging. I can rely on God’s word, as it never fails. His word has proved to be my rock and the foundation of my life. When everything else becomes unsure and uncertain, God’s word remains constant and true.
The joy of our heart
Psalm 119 is known as the psalm which celebrates the love for God’s ‘word’. 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. All that we have to do is to choose to believe, and to accept the promises of His word.
God’s word, His statutes, ‘are the joy of my heart’ because they are the foundation of my life now and they are my hope for the future!Tweet
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