Blessed are all who fear the Lord and live his way.
You will certainly eat what your own hands have provided. Blessings to you! May things go well for you!
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine inside your home. Your children will be like young olive trees around your table. [vss 1-3]
This is how the Lord will bless the person who fears him.
May the Lord bless you from Zion so that you may see Jerusalem prospering all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children. Let there be peace in Israel! [vss 4-6]
A song for going up to worship. (Psalms 128:1-6 GW)
How can fear bring blessing? When it's the right type of fear. This psalm speaks of the fear of God and declares the blessing it brings. The fear of God is often misunderstood by believers and non-believers alike.
It's a matter of priorities. When a person honors the Lord—realizing who He is and how powerful yet merciful He is—blessing will follow.
God's blessings will follow in the life of a person with an honest and humble heart.
The ending of the previous psalm is similar in focus to this one. It's one of a series of psalms sung by Jewish worshippers on their way to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts.
As the people walked up the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, these songs could be sung in sequence. They reminded the people of the promises of their God, who He was to them, and of their national history.
This psalm is a declaration of truth. When we honor the Lord with a respectful, godly fear, blessings will follow. God's blessings are like a river flowing out of heaven onto earth for those who live in the ways of the Lord.
Work and life will be fruitful and satisfying, and this flows into a person's family and home life. Even the nation as a whole will be blessed.
Again, it's a matter of priorities. Respect and worship God, live according to the truth of His Word, and blessing will follow.
Are you experiencing the flow of God's blessings in your life?
Are your priorities your own or do they honor the Lord above all?
Honor the Lord with your whole life so you can experience His favor flowing through it.
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