It is the blessedness of a holy influence in every sphere of his activity. It is deep felt heart blessedness in walking with God. Psalm 128 is a psalm of triumph that focuses on gaining God’s blessing as a reward. Verse 2 speaks to fulfilment in the workplace. The last Psalm ended with a blessing, - for the word there translated "happy" is the same as that which is here rendered "blessed"' thus the two songs are joined by a catch-word. 127 showed how all blessings are attributable to God alone, this psalm shows what responsibility rests upon man if he would share in God’s rich blessings.”2. To the fear of the Lord, therefore, the holy Psalmist has wisely given a place in front of this beautiful Psalm, which celebrates the blessing that descends upon conjugal and domestic life. “The pursuit of happiness” is a well-known phrase in the Constitution of the United States. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. In fact, may we see this for the next generation (v. 6a). Be encouraged: The fruit of your adorning the gospel will probably take some time. “The labour of your hands,” of course, speaks of our employment, of our efforts for produce that we can “eat.” The psalmist is saying that the person who fears the Lord will take pleasure in the outcome of his labours; he or she will find satisfaction at the end of the day knowing that the Lord provides his or her daily bread (Matthew 6:11). Rather it serves as a wonderful encouragement that those who fear the Lord, and who have been given children (Psalm 127:3), will find great delight in them. The writer of Psalm 119 also highlights this truth: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Nor can theirs, on the other hand, be the tormenting fear of self reproach. Here we have the living fountain of the blessing which rests upon the conjugal and domestic state. This fear of the Lord is the fit fountain of holy living: we look in vain for holiness apart from it: none but those who fear the Lord will ever walk in his ways. We must reverence the ever blessed God before we can be blessed ourselves. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Rather, he is saying that those who are married, and those who are married and who have children, will be blessed in these spheres. By emphasising the family, the author is not minimising other lifestyles. When worldly prudence attempts to choose a wife and form a household, it can apply its hand only to so much of the work as has its seat upon earth, and is visible to the eye of sense. Or in the words of Jesus, we must daily take up our cross, deny ourself, and follow Him. This is true of every one of the God fearing, of all conditions, in all ages: each one and every one is blessed. The fear of the Lord is the internal principle; but unless there be a corresponding expression in the outward life, what reason is there to suppose that it has any existence at all? It is also the name of an excellent movie (stylised as The Pursuit of Happyness), based on a true story and starring Will Smith. Fear sounds rather contrary to blessedness; hath an air of misery; but add whom. What can man do to me?”. No person lives as is island to himself, and especially the Christian person. In the progression of the psalm, we note that the focus moves from the blessed individual to the blessed family to the blessed city and then to the blessed nation. Psalm 128:3. Verse 1. Subject. “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house” (v. 3). Verse 1. He that so fears, fears rot: he shall not be afraid; all petty fears are swallowed up in this great fear; and this great fear is as sweet and pleasing as little fears are anxious and vexing. To the sentiment that those are blessed who fear the Lord, it has an entire aversion. He that "feareth the Lord"; that touch turns it into gold. Gordon Churchyard. Psalm 125: Security in the Lord is the keynote of this psalm, and appropriate theme for pilgrims. That walketh in, his ways. What a blessing this will be. Without God it would be vain to labour; but when we are labourers together with God a promise is set before us. Reverence will be a quality he looks for in a woman. Their fear is that which the believed revelations given of him in his Word produce. God must be taken seriously. That feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. Verse 1. All are blessed of the Lord, and his hand is invariably upon them for good. But they are wrong. Heaped up happinesses in the plural belong to that man who fears the Lord. God’s ways and God’s presence are where we experience the happiness that lasts. God's ways are blessed ways; they were cast up by the Blessed One, they were trodden by him in whom we are blessed, they are frequented by the blessed, they are provided with means of blessing, they are paved with present blessings, and they lead to eternal blessedness: who would not desire to walk in them? The apprehension with which a warring rebel regards his triumphant and offended sovereign, or the feelings of a fraudulent bankrupt towards a stern creditor, or, a conscience stricken criminal to a righteous judge, are frequently types of men's feelings in regard to God. There is a stress on all ("every one"), teaching that no disparity of sex or condition, of rank or wealth, affects the degree of happiness granted by God to every one of his true servants in their several stations. “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Finally, we see in vv. 5–6 that the blessed life is the flourishing life: “The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Title. It is a precious promise, but perhaps thou art tempted to say in thy heart, not meant for every one. These are worthy goals. Jerry Bridges describes the fear of God as “respect, admiration, amazement all mixed together to create a sense of awe…. God's ways will be our ways if we have a sincere reverence for him: if the heart is joined unto God, the feet will follow hard after him. Though all forsake me, though my dearest friends grow estranged, if he reject me not, that is my only fear; and for that I am not perplexed, I know he will not." 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. Do you lead her spiritually? Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD. Yes, may you see your children’s children. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. So, as we study these short six stanzas, we will want to keep in mind that our pursuit of true happiness will affect the happiness of others as well. The Blessed Life (Psalm 128:1–6) Posted on 8 May 2016 9 May 2016 Author Doug Van Meter “The pursuit of happiness” is a well-known phrase in the Constitution of the United States. Peace be upon Israel.” These closing verses are a benediction upon the reader. THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE FAMILY THAT FEARS THE LORD. Our relationship with the Lord is not restricted to “religious” spheres. Rather, stop fearing (being controlled by) others and other things and begin to fear the Lord. Verse 1. Second, the happy person knows the Lord and this is their pursuit. You can have a happy home and we can be a happy church! As we are often reminded, the Christian life is not an individualistic pursuit. But like so much of the Bible, and like so much of the community of faith, the spotlight of truth sometimes shines for a while on one particular aspect of life, and then at other times on other aspects. And I believe the implication is that they will be a source of delight as they too fear the Lord. Our God is our household God. This Psalm may be entitled, "The Soliloquy of the happy Householder: - The poor man with a large loving family, and in annual expectation of an increase, because his wife, under the Divine blessing, is fruitful." The fear of God is the corner-stone of all blessedness. Although we collect together all the circumstances which seem to contribute to a happy life, surely nothing will be found more desirable than to be kept hidden under the guardianship of God. What a blessing to see God’s goodness on BBC all the days of our life! 4. It is not true that it would be to him "something better not to be." Religion is the grand and the only wisdom; and since the beginning, the middle, and the end of it, is the fear of the Lord, blessed is every man that is swayed by it. He must not be trifled with. The psalmist writes, “The LORD bless you out of Zion” (v. 5). The happiness of the local church is on your—on our—shoulders. The picture of a “fruitful vine” is not necessarily of her being fertile. The blessing comes from Zion or the Church: for there is nothing so burdensome and difficult, but what it can be easily borne by those who are the members of the true Church, and know the sources of true consolation. Olive trees can take a long time to bud, but it is worth it in the end. Whenever you see the household of a married pair continuing to defy every storm, you may be sure that it rests upon a sure foundation, lying beyond the reach of human sense, and that that foundation is the fear of the Lord.