Psalm 128 gives us a description of a blessed family, a family who fears the Lord. Because of the fall, man has to work hard to get food on the table, his wife has a desire to dominate, and the first child produced was a murderer (Gen. 3-4). In this psalm, however, there is a blessedness and restoration that comes with fearing the Lord and walking in his ways.
- Man eats the fruit of the labor of his hands (For ancient Israel, a productive farm. Today a paycheck to buy provisions).
- His wife will be a fruitful vine within his house (joy (Psalm 104:15) and children (Psalm 127:3))
- His children like olive shoots around the table (the blessing of the fruitful wife brings children who are a heritage from the Lord and a reward (Psalm 127:3))
May all of God’s families know this condition of blessedness. It comes first and foremost by fearing the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). May this blessing give us long life to see our children’s children (Proverbs 17:6) and produce covenantal faithfulness from generation to generation (Psalm 103:17).