Psalm 128: Godliness in the Family

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

I have spoken many times before on the importance of incorporating family worship into one’s household on a daily basis. I think it is vital, and cannot be afforded to be missed. As I read through Psalm 128, I cannot help but smile as I see the fruits of godly, familial, practices at work. In the first stanza, we are immediately told that if we labor for godliness and fear the LORD, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The Psalmist then jumps right into explaining what those fruits are: a godly family. He says that we will be blessed by our family that surrounds us, if we work hard to obey God. Doing things like bringing your kids to church weekly, or praying at the dinner table, and yes, doing family worship will reap fruits. God blesses the family that honors Him. We see that right here in this psalm! Parents, are you praying in front of your spouse and children? Are you setting a godly example? Is your faith, and the way you practice it, something you hope your children will model one day? Teaching godliness and virtue to our family may be difficult, (verse 2 calls it labor!) but God promises us that we will one day enjoy the fruits of that labor as we look across our dinner tables, and see the spiritual strength and love for God in our family.

Is this not something we should all desire? Again, Psalm 128 said that we are “blessed” if we fear the LORD and walk in His ways. Should we not also want that to be said of our children? Of our spouses? I cannot wait for the day I get to see my future wife and say to myself, “she is blessed, and follows after the LORD” or to my kids, “I have worked hard to instill godliness in them, and they too are blessed because they walk in His ways.”

If you are on the verge of giving up on family worship, or wanting to teach your child about Jesus, please press on. Do not give up. Continue to, in love and patience, love your family and exude godliness so that they will take notice. Keep directing your household to follow after and fear God. Do all that you can, and labor well. Continue to love God and foster godliness in your home.

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