Psalm 128

Psalm 128

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Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

128   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!


Psalm 128 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

There are many thoughts about leadership out there.  When a leader leads with godly purpose and integrity, the fruit of his following is seen by all.  People are inspired, motivated and trust the one over them.  When a leader follows in their own ways and ideas, the fruit of their lives is rotten.  This too is seen by all as people are not so apt to follow with their heart.  Driven by pride and arrogance, others do not respect the one calling the shots.  This is also true with a leader who is lazy or passive.  Nothing gets done and wrong prevails many times as this leader will not stand up for what is right.  There is no inspiration.

Yet nothing is more important than leading the family.  This is the leadership that matters for its effects are far-reaching.  In particular, this is true of the man.  Psalm 128 speaks to the husband and father and their leading or lack thereof.

A man in charge of his family must have a faithful walk.  He must be a godly and loving husband.  His wife must see him walking with his God.  The children must know and see the fruit of the Spirit in his life that will lead them toward Christ.  Such a godly man will be fruitful in his work.  He will provide for his family but this goes way beyond clothing and food.  It is also providing emotional and spiritual guidance.  As verse 3 points out he must be a protector as well.  Vine and olive shoots must be carefully tended to and cultivated.  So is the role of a father and husband.

Not provoking his children, he must lead and love as Christ loves the church.  Rules without relationship bring rebellion.  A heavy-handed, rule-based husband and father will bring lack of respect, rebellion against them and ultimately lead toward destruction on many levels.

There is great accountability for the man who leads.  He is the representative of Christ to his wife and children.  God looks strongly at those in such positions.  Declaring “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” is more than just a statement.  It is an act of following Christ on every single level, humbling oneself yet leading with authority and love.  Much is at stake for men in such positions.  Such a role cannot be taken lightly for the life of Christ is to be lived out before all, where the most important people in this line of sight are the family.  Your leadership will either direct others toward Jesus or repel them.

Psalm 128 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

“I’m so blessed.”

We hear this phrase often in our culture. It’s not that I don’t believe that it’s a genuine feeling. I do. However, sometimes I wonder what exactly it means to be blessed. For instance, you rarely hear people use this phrase when they are enduring severe health issues or a family tragedy. In most scenarios of western culture, “blessed” is just another word for happy. It’s a word that we use to describe the feeling of getting more than we expected. Again, the issue is not the usage of the word, but rather, how we don’t use the word. If we fear the Lord and walk in obedience, yet, struggle with some kind of suffering, are we still blessed?

In this very way the man who fears the LORD will be blessed.

Psalms 128:4 HCSB

The Hebrew word translated blessed is bârak. We are literally commanded to bârak the Lord.

Davidic. My soul, praise (bârak) Yahweh, and all that is within me, praise (bârak) His holy name.  2  My soul, praise (bârak) the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits.

Psalms 103:1-2 HCSB

It means to cause one to kneel in adoration. It is not the same as “finding the right path” for our lives. That Hebrew word is ashar’. So, if we read this in context, we realize that a man who fears the Lord will be brought down in humble adoration to Him. The blessing will be found in the act of worship. Let that sink in. Bowing low to our Lord IS the blessing.

In this case, it is right to conclude that prosperity leads to happiness which leads to worship. Suffering leads to joy which also leads to worship. The common denominator is blessing the Lord. The blessing itself is found in the act of our souls bowing to our Lord in humble adoration. In Him, we will find more than enough of what we desire for this life.

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