Psalm 128: Blessed are those who Fear the Lord

READ & LISTEN

What I am about to READ

Psalm 128 gives glory to God who gives all good things.  These good things are received in faith by those who know and understand that they receive all things from God’s gracious hand.

MARK and LEARN

This psalm ascribes spiritual and temporal blessings as coming from faith in God.  The first verse spells this out so wonderfully “blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!” The fear of the Lord means to have a holy reverence and trust in God, not that one should necessarily be frightened of God.  Recognition that all blessings come from God is necessary for a blessed life.

As Luther put it in the explanation of the first article of the creed “He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land animals and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all I need to support this body and life.”

The gifts of a fruitful wife and subsequent children (vss. 3-4) are not the results of one’s faithfulness to God, but are bestowed freely to the believing man and are thus gifts from God. We do not merit blessings, but are the recipients of God’s gifts according to his good pleasure, which includes spouse and children granted to us according to his will.

MEDITATE

Father in heaven, you have given to us so many wonderful things in this life for which we give you thanks.  We have so many blessings in this life that we often don’t recognize as coming from you, our families, our faith, our communities gathered around your Word and Sacrament are all given to us from your fatherly hand.  You have indeed blessed us from Zion, and especially with the blood which flowed from that hill giving us life and forgiveness of our sins.  Amen.

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Pax,

Pr. Brandon Ross

Faith Lutheran Church

Johnstown, CO

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