"Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance."
Do you think of yourself as God's inheritance? You should, because if He placed you in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30), you are a treasured possession described as His inheritance.
Notice the progression of thought in verses four and five. In verse four, the Psalmist asked to be remembered by the LORD when He shows favor to His people. In the following clauses, "your people" are referred to as "them," "chosen ones," "your nation" and "your inheritance." Therefore, God's chosen ones are also His inheritance.
In Ephesians 1, Paul makes the same point. Ephesians 1:3 says He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Verse 11-14 tells us, as His elect, we have received an inheritance in Christ with the gift of the Holy Spirit as the guarantee of our heritage. Paul's prayer in verse 18 (NLT), describes the chosen as "his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance." So as disciples of Jesus Christ we both receive an inheritance and are an inheritance to the Lord God.
The Old Testament discusses this special relationship between God and His people in great detail. In Exodus 34:8-9, Moses asks "O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance." Deuteronomy 4:20 says, "The LORD has taken you...to be a people of his own inheritance." In Psalm 28:9 David prays, "Save your people and bless your heritage!" As His inheritance, God disciplines Israel. Psalm 78:62 says, "He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage." Psalm 94:14 adds, "For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage."
Because death is usually required to receive an inheritance, we typically think of it as singularly beneficial to the recipient rather than a blessing to the provider as well. However, in Ephesians 1:3 we are told to bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as He has blessed us in Christ. The inheritance we receive from God is based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So how do we "bless God?" 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 says, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people...I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God." It sounds like an excellent place to start, doesn't it? Since He is our God, would it not bless Him for us to act like our Father and God?
Lord Almighty, forgive me for looking at my relationship with You as one-sided. It is easy for me to rejoice in being Your heir without considering my responsibility as Your inheritance. Holy Spirit, convict me of those sins that defile my body and spirit. I want to be holy as a blessing to my God and Father.