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The Best Inheritance

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.  Psalm 119:111–112 NIV

One bumper sticker reads, We are spending our kids’ inheritance.

I have seen this quip on a fancy RV, owned by smiling senior citizens. The humor points to the wisdom of enjoying retirement savings before the bills for assisted living care arrive.

As Christ-followers, we have already received a priceless inheritance, but we also need to think about what we want to pass on when our earthly address changes. As rebellious adopted children of our heavenly Father, we deserve condemnation, but we inherit eternal grace because of our Attorney’s redemptive will. God’s Word reminds us of this.

Psalm 119 defines the purpose and value of God’s Word. The author uses decrees, law, precepts, statutes, commands, promises, and word as synonyms. Throughout this meditation on the Word, the author interweaves comments on his life. His faith in God’s promises did not make earthly hardships disappear nor help sadness make sense.

Reading this chapter reminds us of the importance, power, sufficiency, and blessings the Old and New Testaments provide. Unlike inheriting material possessions that may provide temporary happiness, Scripture is the source of everlasting peace and truth.

Because God’s Word is a joy-giving and treasured inheritance, we should respond to its teachings with obedience and gratitude.

Why not mark or meditate on the joy-producing adjectives in this psalm that describe God’s Word.

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Susan Fink

Susan Fink wants God to use her to encourage others to study the Bible, enabling growth in their relationship with and appreciation of their Savior. She has taught various ages from preschool to adult and enjoyed freelance writing for most of her adult life. She is a frequent contributor for Holy Hen House magazine and their blog. She has authored Self-Care: Selfish or Sacred? An Interactive Guide to Myths and Misunderstandings (Christian Faith Publishing). Her Reflection, Inspiration, and Humor blog can be found at https://susanlfink.blogspot.com.