Psalm 128 Commentary
They said Christians have dull lives. Straight, yes; but too simple and too flat. No high notes. The marketers of this way are pathetic. Their product cannot sell. To contemplate joining this queue is to elect a life of trouble. How wrong! Just how wrong they are!
Psalm 128 is beautiful! They are blessed. Their work earns them a reward. They will eat the fruit of their labor. Such is the life of the one who fears the LORD and walks in obedience to Him. “Blessings and prosperity will be yours.”
Psalm 128 stands tall in the midst of countless lies against the care and love of the LORD for the saint.
The saint is encouraged to reflect on the generosity of the LORD.
Details can be important. “You will eat the fruit of your labor.” The scripture is reflecting on the LORD’s curse on man’s work. Only by sweat was he going to sustain himself. The LORD has spoken about a time when His children can have a reward for their labor. Prosperity would follow.
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house.” The scripture is reflecting on the LORD’s curse on the blessing of increase. Remember the moment in Genesis 3 when the blessing of increase was reversed because of Adam’s sin. The scripture is nibbling at the blessing of child-bearing.
Let the gift of the fear of the LORD in God’s children bring back the good old days – as it was back in the Garden of peace and tranquility.
The psalmist won’t think too much. He comes back to the realities on the ground. Yes, we can enjoy the partial restoration of the lost blessings. There still remains death to deal with. Be it as it may, let the saint enjoy a long lifetime. Let the saint enjoy prosperity all the days of his or her life.
It is a prayer that the LORD answers daily. The saint can say yes to the countless known moments of God’s generosity. The LORD who said He will always be with the saint hasn’t spent a single night out – always present. The saint can look up and see the blessings of the LORD in a life that has lived in obedience.
It is a well-sponsored lie that the saint is short of completeness because they don’t have what the world has. God forbid! The saint wants to look up and see for themselves the countless blessings all around. Psalm 128 gives us a good starting point.
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