1 Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
6 Yes, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
The Psalmist begins the Psalm with an all-encompassing statement about the fear of the Lord. Blessed, he says, is everyone who fears the Lord and walks in His way. (There is a close parallel here to Psalm 1.) The first result is a general happiness and wellness. When we live in the fear and obedience of God, life works. We labor, we get paid, we pay our bills, and life is good.
Then the blessings are spelled out in the home. He uses poetic language here that we have to think through a little bit. When a man fears the Lord his wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of the house. In a society where all non-water beverage was grown on vines, a fruitful vine was something that was a blessing. Whenever you wanted a fresh drink you could pick some grapes, crush them, and drink the fresh juice. A wife who is a fruitful vine is always producing, always refreshing, and always a benefit to the very heart of the house.
Children will be like olive plants. An olive plant is not producing olives yet but will. When parents fear the Lord children are raised in preparation of becoming productive members of the home and of the society. The children, though not yet producing, are growing with a purpose to produce. We have seen the antithesis of this today where children are raised by lazy parents and are taught to be lazy, to get welfare, to live off of others and not to produce for themselves. These are not raised to fear the Lord and do not become the adults God wants them to be.
He then closes with this, “Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. Yes, may you see your children’s children.”
Living in the fear of the Lord has many, many benefits for us both in eternity and in this life. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Tonight at our prayer meeting we will be taking the entire time in prayer. We will be using the Four R’s from Transforming Prayer to look at Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1. Next Wednesday we will get back to our regular schedule but I want to burn this system of listening to God from His word into our minds and lives.
Pray for our Kids4Truth tonight as we have many kids coming who are learning God’s holy word. Pray for our youth group as we have a good group of teens each week who hear the Word and have a chance to apply it to their lives.
Have a great day in the Lord,