Psalm 128

Psalm 128 is another of the psalms of Ascent – this one focused on the blessing of obedience and family.  Check out it begins: “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways”!  There is plenty of blessing to go around – God won’t run out.  We don’t have to worry about blessings being limited or handed out on quota – God has more than enough.  The trigger for blessing is pretty simple: fear the Lord and walk in His ways.  When we do that, we open the flood gates of what God has in store for us.

The foundation for obedience is not ‘what seems right to us’ though.  Obedience means we ‘walk in His ways’.  It isn’t a matter of interpretation for us.  It is a matter of obedience to Him, and He’s already given us a lot of direction in what that looks like in His Word.  The psalmist also reminds us that we have to work if we intend to eat.  “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you”.  Work brings about God’s blessing, and it puts food on the table.  It’s part of God’s wellness plan for us.

He also paints the picture of a happy life.  “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table”.  When we are leading well in our family, life is good.  Our spouse and kids are growing and bearing fruit – they are living out the life God intended.  God’s plan is for us to experience a full and joy filled life with our family.  We are to grow together as we live in fear of the Lord and we walk in obedience.  It is our job to instruct our kids and lead them toward obedience.

The ultimate blessing of family is to see our grandkids or beyond.  “May you see your children’s children”! What greater blessing than to not only watch out kids grow up and become productive and blessed in their walk with the Lord, but to be able to see that happen for generations.  We have that opportunity, not only to see the generations to but impact and influence them as well.  How we live matters.  It determines the blessing of life.  It provides the goodness of God’s hand not only on our own life, but on those we love and lead.

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