Psalm 128 - A Beautiful Home Of God
Psalm 128:1-6 NIV
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children's children – peace be on Israel.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God’s plan has always been to prosper us, and to give us a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 was one of the verses first introduced to me when I learned about seeking a relationship with God. Looking back at my life, there are so many blessings I have received from God. I am grateful to God that He gave me a god-fearing wife to build my family with.
We don’t often see instant results in our work. Similarly, to “walk in obedience to Him” is also a labor without immediate results.
At work, my role as the head of compliance is to be conscious of the rules and make sure that my company follows them, including the spirit of the law and ethics. Likewise in our lives, we need to know the ‘rule of law’, that God has given us. Obedience to God is only possible if we know what God requires from us. Thus, reading our Scripture daily and praying consistently is so necessary.
Making sure that we include God in our daily decisions isn’t easy. But God says that it’ll all be worth it because we will “eat the fruit of our labor”, and receive the “blessings and prosperity” God has planned for us. Do we fear God? The Spirit moved the Psalmist to tell us to walk in obedience to Him, because many profess to be god fearing (especially on Sundays and religious events) but don’t. Daily quiet times are thus so important for us to start each day walking in obedience to Him.
How do we decorate our homes? During the times of the Psalmist, they decorated theirs with vines and olives. The Psalmist’s impression of his house with fruitful vine and olives sounds beautiful. The olive shoots were cultivated olives and not those that grow in the wild. They were cultivated with care and love.
The Psalmist compared the wife of a godly man as a “fruitful vine”, producing the fruits needed by the family. He also compared their children to “olive shoots”, little plants that have the potential to grow into fruitful trees in future. These are blessings the Lord promises to those who fear and obey Him. Before we blame our wife or children for not exhibiting the fruits of godliness, we’ve got to first reflect and think if we have walked in obedience to God.
The Psalmist talked about blessings “all the days of your life”, and “living to see your children’s children”. That’s blessing over a long life!
God will bless us with beautiful homes, if we fear the Lord and walk in obedience to Him.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.