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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blessed Are All Who Follow Jesus


Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

1Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to Him.
2You will eat the fruit of our labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
5May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
6May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.



PSALM 128


This, as the former Psalm 127, is a psalm for families. In that we were taught that the prosperity of our families depends upon the blessing of God; in this we are taught that the only way to obtain that blessing which will make our families comfortable is to live in the fear of God and in obedience to him.  Those who do so, in general, shall be blessed (v. 1, 2, 4).

In particular,

I. They shall be prosperous and successful in their employments (v. 2).

II. Their relations shall be agreeable (v. 3).

III. They shall live to see their families brought up (v. 6).

IV. They shall have the satisfaction of seeing the church of God in a flourishing condition (v. 5, 6).

We must sing this Psalm in the firm belief of this truth, that religion and piety are the best friends to outward prosperity, giving God the praise and encouraging ourselves and others with it.

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