A Song of Ascents.
1How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.
4Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.
5The Lord bless you from Zion,
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
6Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
Psalm 128 is comfortingly placed in our Bibles just after Psalm 127. The previous Psalm highlights the emptiness of life lived apart from God’s active blessing. Even those things which seem easy and natural and within our control are unachievable unless God actively works to bring our work to successful completion. “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it…” (Psalm 127:1). Psalm 127 showed the way of blessing yet highlighted the emptiness of life apart from God’s blessing.
Now, Psalm 128 highlights the blessing of those who “fear the Lord.”
Look at verse 2, “When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you.” Working in the field or in the office or on the road, enjoying the profit and fruit of our work is a gift from God for those who fear Him. As you have followed the Lord, haven’t you seen His answers to your prayers for fruitfulness and blessing in your work? There are still thorns and the curse of sweaty work until Christ returns. There is still persecution as our Lord warned us to expect. But, haven’t you found that work rendered to the Lord has brought you happiness? This is a gift from God.
“Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table…Indeed, may you see your children’s children” (v.3, 6). The man and wife who fear the Lord and seek to be fruitful in bearing and raising godly seed may find themselves at times envious. You may find yourself envious of the couple with one child and six sports cars instead of six children and a van. You may find yourself envious of the couple with endless “me” and “we” time for their lack of dependents. You may find yourself envious of her body or her lack of stretch marks. Don’t be envious of an empty, temporal pleasure. The blessing which our Creator gives to those whom He delights in is the blessing of children and grandchildren. May you be found seeking God’s blessing instead of being envious of those from whom He hides His favor.
“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways.”