A Season of Psalms - Psalm 128:1-6
“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Fear Factor” was a TV show that preyed upon our fears. Contestants on the show were subjected to all kinds of scenarios that resulted in heart-stopping panic and fear, such as being dropped from great heights, eating large spiders, being covered in snakes, or swimming with sharks. The one who endured to the end received a cash prize, and maybe even more importantly, conquered some of their fears. I would never be a good contestant on “Fear Factor!”
David says in Psalm 25 that the one who fears the Lord will be blessed. “Fear” in this sense doesn’t mean sheer terror, but rather reverential awe. He who holds the Lord in awe and walks in the ways the Lord has prescribed will be blessed. How? Look in verse 2-3: his wife will be a fruitful vine and his children will be like olive shoots. For a first century farmer, grape vines and olive trees were staples of farm production, and the words of verse 3 promise a bountiful harvest for he who reverences the Lord.
Nancy DeClaisse-Walford: “Each of our heartfelt endeavors in life can be likened to spouses and children, those in which we invest our lives at the cost of all others.” Psalm 128 promises that such endeavors will be blessed if they are undertaken with a firm reverence for God and faithfulness to walk in His ways. How are you walking?
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 2 John 4-6
Pray with me:
Father God, help us to walk in reverential awe and follow Your ways every moment of every day, not just to receive a blessing, but because it’s what You have called us to do as Your people. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! May we walk closely with You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.