Posted by: Larry Hoekman | July 3, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 128 – Fear The Lord!?

Day 2792: There’s always a lot to be thankful for!!!

Scripture:  How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants around your table.

Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Indeed, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!   Psalm 128

Thoughts/questions: When we consider the definition of the verb “bless” – ‘God endows someone with a particular cherished thing or attribute,’ the natural response would be thankfulness, but first there is a condition to these blessings. Unconditional blessings might be preferred, but . . .

The Psalmist’s condition for being blessed is to fear the Lord. Combining awe, reverence, respect, honor and a touch of dread which results in obedience, results in God’s working definition of fear! This type of fear is certainly the beginning of wisdom, and displays the complete recognition that there is only one God as the First Commandment states.

Ready to receive a particular cherished thing or attribute, then honor God as the only God; live a life reverencing Him and being in awe of Him; show the respect that only God is due; and obey out of love and a simple fear as you recognize the greatness of The Almighty.

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, may the fear of the Lord characterize my life each day . . .

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