Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart
Psalm 119:2 NIV
Outside of Quebec, law originates from two sources: the common law and statute. Common law is law based on precedent: previous decisions made by other judges in similar cases. Statute refers to laws written by legislative bodies such as Parliament. In Quebec, the civil law system is primarily based on statute. The Civil Code of Quebec “governs persons, relations between persons, and property” and is the foundation of all other laws governing the province.
We often think that we are blessed when we are financially comfortable or have a healthy family or feel well. While all of this may be true, it doesn’t get to the heart of the meaning of the word blessed. In the original language, blessing means to be filled with joy and the Bible teaches that blessing comes not from what we have but in how we live. Psalm 119:2 says, “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” When we love the Lord and commit to living a life according to the principles of the Kingdom of God, we are blessed – filled with joy. It is true that there is much in this world that brings us joy – a beautiful sunset, time with loved ones, a win by our favourite sports team – the joy is only temporary. The sun eventually sets, our loved ones leave, our team loses the next game. Only in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ do we experience a joy that lasts throughout this life and into eternity. King David reminds us that in order to experience this joy, we must commit to continually seeking God with all our heart, and putting into practice what the Lord teaches us in His Word.
These have been words from the heart.