Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father remind us today of who He is and what He has done. Father, your legacy, the heritage of your never-failing promises far surpasses anything we or our families could ever do. Father, help us to generationally obey you. May your blessing be on those of us who have chosen the greatness of your name over our failing, fading names. In the name of Jesus, by the Spirit, may we delight in the testimony of your Word about yourself. Great are you Lord! Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Yahweh" by Rend Collective
Your Morning Scripture: Psalm 119:111-112
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end.
What does it matter, what our roots in a community are, if those roots were not grown in obedience to God's word? What does it matter, who our father and mother were, if they were not obedient to God's word? What does it matter who my son is, if they will not be obedient to God's word? Reputation, legacy, heritage, roots... what do they matter, they are not in obedience to God's word?
I am so proud to be in the family that I am in. My mother and father, my grandparents, my in-laws, my siblings. I am so proud. Not because of how great they are. And they certainly are. They are so skilled and so loved and so capable! No. I am proud because they have established their reputations, their legacies and roots in obedience to God's word. What God has said about Himself is the joy of their hearts!
God's promises are always true. His reputation and legacy of faithfulness and love and forgiveness and redemption are the joy of my heart! I am proud to be part of a family who has taught me the difference between "a" joy and "the" joy. Instead of being respected for my last name or what my family owns, or how many Sundays I have been to church since I was a child, I want to be respected because I have grabbed ahold of God's reputation for the sake of my own.
And lived it. And obeyed.
And so the psalmist here says just this, that he will turn his very heart to God's word, and to obeying it, forever, to the end.
Have we founded our reputations and legacies on obedience to God's word? Or on our own last name? Do we see ourselves and the generations of our family according to who they are in the community? Or do we see our family and our generation heritage through God's eyes?
Have we turned our hearts towards God's word and obeyed it so sincerely that our children see our lives as a living testimony to the greatness of God, and follow? Or perhaps our own name is enough?