When my son Charles was about four, he was sitting on my lap and suddenly he piped up,
“What do you want?”
“Give me something good!,” he said with a mischievous glint in his eye.
So, I hugged him. I’m not sure that’s what he had in mind. He was probably thinking more along the line of candy bars. Hugs aren’t as exciting as Milk Duds when you’re four.
It looks like the fellow who wrote the 119th Psalm had a similar conversation going on with God.
“Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord,” this fellow says to the Lord (v. 65, NIV).The “good” he received is God himself, “You are my portion, O Lord …” (v. 57)
Waaaay back in the Old Testament when God was dividing the land among the tribes of Israel, one of the tribes didn’t have a territory designated. The Levites served God fulltime but instead of getting lands God gave them the people’s tithes to live on. They also got designated cities to live in with the surrounding pasture lands for their animals. But, they got nothing like what everyone else was getting.
And I know God knows what He is doing but I kind of thought, “These guys are getting shortchanged.”
“Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.” (Deut. 18:2). God Himself was their greatest inheritance. And they were God’s. “Dedicate the Levites as a special gift to me…”
(Num_8:13) As a matter of fact, we’re all God’s inheritance. “For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” (Wonder if the Lord ever thought He got shortchanged).
The longer I live with the Lord, the more I realize that the Levites got the best part. It’s the same today. Knowing the Lord Jesus personally surpasses anything we could want on the earth.
“But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life.” (Php 3:7-11, CEV)
And today we still choose our inheritance. Some try to pile up nicer and nicer cars and larger houses and every increasing bank accounts and more incredibly fun things to do, one after the other. In its place all that is fine, but be careful that that’s not what motivates your life.
And there are those thrilled with the excellence of Jesus. You find them becoming more and more generous, trying to help hurting people. You find them in the middle of meetings of prayer and intercession, because they love the presence of the Lord. You find their nose buried in His Word and books about His Word because they know Him but they want to KNOW Him better and better.
If you asked God for something good and He gave you a big hug, would you be disappointed?
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