Friday, March 18, 2016

What is the Heritage of those who Seek the Lord?

The words of David in Psalm 61:5 have been precious to me of late. He writes, “For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” We don’t know specifically what was happening in David’s life when he wrote this Psalm, but it’s obvious enough that in a time of difficulty and suffering the Lord comforted and delivered so that he learned anew the nature and certainty of his heritage.

Since David was the King of Israel we might be tempted to conclude that his heritage had to do with land, possessions, position, power, and the like. However, as we carefully examine his own words, and the NT teaching about his words, it becomes obvious that the Lord himself was David’s heritage.

For those who fear the name of the Lord, and seek his face in the midst of life’s difficulties and sufferings, the Lord not only sustains and delivers in his time and way, but also grants them the unfathomable joy of deep, satisfying, and eternal fellowship with him. And this fellowship is a much better heritage than any amount of physical property or social position, for it is truly satisfying and eternal.

So may the Lord give us hearts to seek after the great heritage of the Lord today. May he give us eyes to see and hearts to rejoice in the fact that he himself is the great Treasure of all who seek him.

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