The Blessedness of the Fear of the Lord

Psalm 128

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.


The Word of God is so precious. While reading this Psalm in family devotions several things pricked my heart. I am no theologian, but I am so thankful how the Lord has used Psalm 128 on this heart of mine.

  1. The fear of the Lord is not fearful. My fear is man-made….made from within my own heart due to my conscious choice to walk in disobedience and unpure, tainted worship towards God. This may sound strong, critical, or even harsh, but when I get real with myself, this is the root of my fear. When a person chooses to walk in surrendered obedience, worship of God, and walks in His ways and lives out His Word accordingly—blessed, happy, sheltered by God’s grace is that person who fears the Lord.
  2. If you are married, husband’s listen up (those who live the Word) you are blessed BUT NOT ONLY YOU, BUT YOUR WIFE as well. Now ladies, I don’t know about you, but this gives me goosebumps. How precious it is to obey the Word…and obey the Word of God together as ONE –as a team! I love this!
  3. Children–when I read verse three I can see little ones around the table chattering, giggling and snacking in lace and pearls. When our little ones were younger we called them OT1, OT2 OT3 = Olive Tree 1, Olive Tree 2, Olive Tree 3 (it was our code until they figured it out…😉). Side note: What do you do when you want “Olive Trees” running around in your home but it doesn’t seem to happen, or it isn’t going to happen? I could write a whole blog or more on this subject (because it is dear to my heart), but if I could write one statement to your struggling or hurting heart, it would be this. “God loves you. Child or not. I know the struggle for real, because we have been told “you can’t have any”…then, “it will be next to impossible”…but, we did. Had OT1 & OT2, then lost one through a tubal pregnancy that ended up rupturing, and the process started all over again. This time it was OT1 & OT2 nighty prayer for “a baby in Mama’s belly” that took almost two years, but our “God has answered” (OT3…that is what her name means) was spotted. Praise God indeed, but fear abounded in new levels. (That is another story.) All this to say, you and your honey are one…you are a family. It is dangerous ground to allow our God-given desire become “mine” –an all-consuming-selfish desire. This will ruin your oneness with your spouse and God, who is the author of life. I don’t have the answer to why some of us “can never” or why some of us “loss and grieve beyond words” or why some of us are “overflowing“. But this I do know: God love us (just look at the Cross) and whatever state we are in, we are to be content? Ouch, I know! Yes, easier said than done, but aren’t all things possible with to those who love God? Love you sisters and brothers. The struggle is real, but God is too! My prayers are with you.
  4. Okay, my “side note” was a long note. 😘
  5. Let’s just read verse four to six: “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.What is done today affects tomorrow and literally our generations to come. We can do nothing without Christ in us–well, things of eternal value! As Paul exhorted Timothy, stick to the Word! Be in it daily! Feast on it, mediate on it, allow it transform you. Allow Christ be your life! Christ gave His life for us on Calvary (if you do not know Christ personally. I encourage you to click on this link given; it will explain much more: https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/).

    How can we not give Christ are all?
    We claim this life as our own, but is it really?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

*Ephesians 5:22-33*

For the past several weeks, I have been slowly taking in Ephesians for my daily devotional time with the Lord. There is so much in Ephesians, I am loving it. Some I will share later, some thoughts are in the works, but today we are going to look at Ephesians 5:22-33. Now I am no scholar and I am sure that many others could write more on this subject better than I, but I’d like to just share what the Lord has allowed me to learn this time around reading through Ephesians. Lord willing, next time through my understanding will deepen—I pray it will!

In our home, when we come to verse 22, my husband usually teases me somehow, especially when we are having our couple’s devotions together. He will be silly in some form or other and will slowly read, “wivvvvvvvves, submit yourselves unto your own husbands…” We laugh, talk, and have a wonderful time in the Word together, but the Truth is still there and I know it, and he knows it!

When reading through verses 22-33, I’ve read through this section of Scripture many times before and I almost breezed past them, because “I know” that portion of Scripture. Pretty proudful of me. Earlier this week, I was studying the verses above them and kept breezing past 22-33, but by the fourth day my soul was so convicted I had to sat down and read verses 22-33 word by word like I never read them before. This is what my notes looked like when the Lord got done with me that day.


Ephesians 5:22-33

We read these verses and so often we either fly past them (like I did), don’t quiet understand them, or get turned off by them because of the “S.” I must admit, when reading verses 22-33 we have this whole back and forth “subject—head” thing going on here. We could get quiet confused, but in its twists and turns, likes and comparisons, we are given mysteries unsolved from above to follow. God’s plan.

We are given examples between wives being subject to your husbands; husband being the head of the wife; Christ being the head of the Church; Church being subject to Christ like the wife is to be to her husband—and how do they all fit?

Then it flips back to ‘husbands love you wives’ with an exampled explanation to follow:

  • Love just like Christ loves the Church.
  • Like how He gave Himself for her (the Church).
  • So that He (Jesus) might sanctify her (the Church)—How? By cleansing her by the washing of the His Word (not our opinions) It is His Word that makes the Church holy. Why? So that He (Jesus) might present to Himself, the Church.
    • In all Her glory
    • with no spot
    • no no wrinkle
    • in other words—without faults or flaws
  • But that She (the Church) would be
    • Holy
    • Blameless

Then we are back to Husbands…

Husbands ought to love their own wife as their own body. As much as the husband loves himself, he needs to love his own wife. He is commanded to love his wife.

No one hates his own flesh. None of us hate our own bodies. We provide for ourselves. We take care of ourselves. We feed for ourselves. The comparison is just as deeply as Jesus’ love for the Church–so ought a husband for his wife.

Everyone, including men, nourish and cherish themselves (the sales commercials know what they are doing) but Christ’s love, is what love truly is, it is pure, vast, and beyond what we know of love to be…maybe we should take more notes on His love language and start practicing.

Just maybe…God knows what He’s been talking about. Maybe it is time to listen and start obeying! Just maybe…

  • That would change us.
  • That would change our marriages.
  • That would change our children.
  • That would change our homes.
  • That would change our churches.
  • That would change our communities.
  • That would change our state.
  • That would change our country.
  • That would change our culture.
  • That would change our society.
  • That would change our world.
  • That would change generations to come.

Just think, it wouldn’t be so bad wouldn’t it…?

If you are married, thinking about getting married, engaged, or single…hear these wise words, “a man leaves his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

  • Husband love (cherish) your own wife—like you love yourself.
  • Wife see to it that you respect your husband—you were created to completed not compete. God created him to be the head of your home. Let him lead. Pray for him to lead.

Conclusion:

  1. Is God first in your life? I mean really first? Not just first on Sunday morning, but first everyday of the week?
  2. As a WIFE, who is your next human relationship? It should be your husband. If it is not, why not? Spend some time with the Lord in prayer and search your heart as to why your husband is not your primary human relationship. Seek out your Pastor’s wife or a trusted godly woman that you could seek godly counsel from.
  3. As a HUSBAND, who is your next human relationship? It should be your wife. If not, why not? Spend some time with the Lord in prayer and search your heart as to why your wife is not your primary human relationship. Seek out your Pastor or a trusted godly man that you could seek godly counsel from.
  4. CHURCH—is Christ first? Sounds like a funny question to ask a church, but is He first? Churches all across America are losing focus on whose church it is, who we serve, what are great commission is, and prefer to stand on tradition, opinions, and arguments, instead on the Word of God and Christ. So Church, I ask you again, is Christ first in your Church? Christian, is Christ first in your life? You affect your Church?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}