The Godly Enjoy Blessedness in their Homes”
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!
Wouldn’t you want this in your home – blessedness, peace, prosperity? You as a wife bringing joy and productivity like a fruitful vine. Your children full of energy and promise like olive shoots. How do we get this? Take a bunch of classes on homemaking? Stay up to date on the latest child rearing practices? Those are good things, but not ultimately the answers. This Psalm gives the answer right there in verse 1 – we fear the Lord and walk in His ways.
Now we know from other places of scripture, this doesn’t mean that if we trust the Lord, life will be easy. It doesn’t mean that if we trust him, we will even have a husband and children or have a life free from suffering. Think of Paul, Peter, Jesus. Discussing how this works out in detail is beyond the scope of this post, but feel free to write me if you have questions!
Still, we see in this Psalm and throughout Scripture that a life of fearing God and walking in His ways results in a life characterized by good things. Among them are the peace of God, the prosperity of fruitful labor in the Lord, and the blessedness of closeness to God (Deut. 28:1-6, Psalm 1, Philippians 4:4-9, Galatians 5:22-23, among many others).
Though the Psalm is directed to everyone (v.1), it seems especially directed to heads of households – husbands and fathers. I gather this from the references to the man’s wife, children, and grandchildren. Their fruitfulness and prosperity, along with all of Jewish society, is somewhat dependent on the father’s faithfulness to God. This Psalm reminds me to pray for my husband and husbands and fathers in our church. Let’s pray that they would fear God and walk in His ways – for the benefit of our families, our churches, our society, and for the glory of God.