THE HERITAGE OF THE LORD
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3
Read: Psalm 127:3-5,
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Jeremiah 33-34, Acts 21:37-22:11
The word ‘heritage’ can refer to a cherished property or inheritance of special architectural, historical or natural value preserved from past generations. It can also refer to an asset of monumental value. It reveals the sense of history, strength, personality, character, importance, authority and self-worth of a people or nation. God commanded Israel to document historical events, covenants, laws and commandments that formed part of their heritage in order to preserve them forever. The heritage of the Lord is therefore something of inestimable value that needs to be protected and watched over with all diligence.
In the beginning, God created man in His own image and for His own pleasure. Down the line, humanity fell and became enslaved to sin. God then approached the slave market and repurchased us by offering the precious blood of His Son, Jesus, as the ransom. By this heavy investment, God secured
a double claim of ownership over man: first, as the beautiful work of His hands, and secondly as adopted children bought with the precious blood of Jesus. Little wonder the Bible in Psalm 127:3 refers to children as the heritage of the Lord. Apart from children, the Bible also speaks of people who identify with the Living God, such as the nation of Israel and the body of Christ (the Church), as the heritage of the Lord.
The realisation that children are the heritage of the Lord should stir up a sense of gratitude and a sense of responsibility in any serious Christian parent. Children must be thankfully received as precious gifts from God. A sacred charge is laid upon every parent to diligently nurture and train the children in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it. The desire and prayer of every Christian parent should be that God will grant them the grace to fulfil this solemn responsibility.
In Psalm 127:4, children are compared to arrows in the hands of a mighty man. It is a known fact that well-designed, highly refined and balanced arrows and dangerous weapons in the hand of warriors. In like manner, well trained children are powerful weapons to their parents and the Church of God. They are the future of their families, the light of the world and the hope of the Church. They should therefore be carefully instructed and nourished up in the faith.
Prayer Point :
Father, please help us to successfully train our children in the line with your word, and let your light shine so bright in our children in this generation.