Friday, August 07, 2009

Children of His Servants

33 The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,

35 for God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;

36 the children of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will dwell there.
Psalm 69:33-36, New International Version

Children of His Servants

I am really surprised by how much our perspective in life changes as we gets older. In our youth, we know that we will not live forever, but life seems to stretch out before us endlessly. We give little or no thought to what influence we will have on our children, or our grandchildren. As we get into our later 50's and 60's, however, we begin to look less to the future, as we know there is not much "future" left. Instead, we begin to think of what influence we have made on those who descend from us.

As we ponder these things, it is good for us to take a look at Psalm 69. The promises made in this Psalm were specifically made to the Israelites, however as Christians, these same promises pertain to us as well. God has saved for us an eternal Zion, and someday we will walk the streets of the New Jerusalem!

As servants of the Lord, we are held captive on this earth by this world and its influences upon us. This captivity, however, will be short-lived. God will save us, and will bring us into the New Jerusalem. The new earth, which he will have created for His people will be our eternal abode. We will settle there, and possess the land.

What a wondrous thought! But, do you know what is even better than that? By the grace of God, our children and grandchildren will inherit the land as well. Does that happen because they are related to us? No, but as God has purchased for us a salvation so full and free, we have the duty to teach our children and grandchildren the truths of God's Word. Then, we must pray that God will bless that teaching and turn their hearts to Him.

What an amazing God we serve! Let us take some time today and thank and praise this God who not only blesses His servants, but blesses the children of His servants as well.

God Bless You,

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