Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Heritage From the Lord

I guess you could say our quiver is full!

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127 ESV

Webster's 1828 dictionary defines heritage as the following:
1. Inheritance; an estate that passes from an ancestor to an heir by descent or course of law; that which is inherited. In Scot's law, it sometimes signifies immovable estate, in distinction from movable.
2. In Scripture, the saints or people of God are called his heritage, as being claimed by him, and the objects of his special care. 1 Pet.5.

Other Bible translations have the word gift instead of heritage. This psalm reminds me that the children in my family have been placed here thoughtfully and with purpose by a God who can do nothing wrong or by mistake. We are a family by His perfect design.

The Bible doesn't say that only the pretty ones, or the smart ones, are a gift, a heritage. It makes no mention of some being of less value than others. There's no exception made for a child who might be considered "faulty" in the world's eyes. Even the ones with an extra chromosome. They are as much a heritage, a gift, as all of the others!

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