Psalm 128

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Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.  Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.  The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.  Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. (KJV)

This is the ninth psalm of the fifteen Song of Ascents psalms

The opening verse leads us back to Psalm one and focus on our walk with God, which I believe, is the main theme of the Book of Psalms. To determine whether your walk is “the way of righteous or the way of the wicked” asks yourself these two simple questions: do I fear the Lord and do I desire to walk in his ways? The first question “do I fear the Lord” cannot be answered until you define what this phase means to you. One of the ways I have found helpful in defining this phase is looking at it use in the scriptures. To fear the Lord means to walk in his ways. How do we walk in his ways? Paul tells Timothy to study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needs not be ashamed, righty dividing the word of truth. Therefore, the first step involves studying. The second step in serving the Lord is to serve him. By performing a word search on the “fear of God” in the Bible and studying the scriptures associated with the “fear of God” you will soon realize that this phase is also tied to the phase “and walk in his ways”. The third step in fearing the Lord is to shun or stay away from evil.

In Proverbs, the fear of the Lord is associated with:

  • the beginning of wisdom and knowledge
  • those who shun and hates, evil behavior, pride, arrogance and perverse speech
  • adds length to life
  • a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
  • teaches a man humility
  • being kept safe from evil.

This leads to the second question of the desire of my walk. In Psalms one we are told not to associate our walk in this world with the ungodly, the sinner, or the scornful. Our walk is to be a walk that focuses on God’s Word and using it as the center of our daily meditating. This meditation will lead us to live a Christ-center life. As the words from the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen Lemmel which was inspired by the words from a Gospel tract written by Lillias Trotter:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

So too will the desires of this world slowly vanish from our life and be replaced by the desires to do His will.

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