Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.
2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
You must know at least one family who seems to have it all together. And when I say “have it all” I don’t mean they have material things. In fact, the kind of family I have in mind may have very little in the way of material things, but they are spiritually complete in Christ. They have peace. They radiate joy. They bask in contentment. They are the parents who just seem to be blessed with an extra dose of divine wisdom.
This is a Psalm to celebrate the family. Can a family like the one I described actually exist? Yes, but a family like this cannot exist without their family’s spiritual leader walking under God’s authority. In a culture saturated with the “prosperity gospel” where we mistakenly interpret our financial increase as a measure of God’s blessing, I find it refreshing to have the Psalmist remind families of the true meaning of blessing and prosperity . . . a family who fears the Lord and follows His ways. A family united, walking out their calling in Christ. They are truly blessed.
Wife, Mother, Nurse
Littleton Seventh-day Adventist Church, Colorado USA