Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
One result of the Fall was that Adam would have to work hard to get food on the table (Genesis 3:17-19). The Preacher of Ecclesiastes was driven to despair because some people labored while others, less deserving, enjoyed the benefits of their labor (Ecclesiastes 5:8-12). The psalmist envisions the righteous prospering from their own labor, a just situation. (The Reformation Bible)
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
It has always been God’s will for His people to prosper. “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may PROSPER and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). “Let the Lord be magnified which has pleasure in the PROSPERITY of His servant” (Ps. 35:27b). “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you power to get wealth” (Deut. 8:18)—good land, abundant crops, flocks and herds multiplied, gold and silver multiplied, all we have multiplied—when we walk in His ways and reverence Him (Deut. 8:6–9, 13).
God prospers His people so that we may give. We are to trust “in the living God, who gives us RICHLY all things to enjoy,” so that we would “do good” and “be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to share” (1 Tim. 6:17b-18)…”that you, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).
But most importantly, God prospers us by giving us JESUS (Phil 4:19), who is the WORD upon which we are to “meditate day and night that we may DO all that is written…for then we will make our way PROSPEROUS and we will have good success” (Josh. 1:8).
–Linda Lee Jackson Longsdorf
6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!
HERE is an old hymn, written by a woman in Canada, Annie Coghill, in 1854. “Work, for the Night Is Coming” reminds me of something I often heard my mother pray — “Lord, we thank thee for work to do and strength with which to do it.” And another quote I often heard from her: “Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Oh, to work cheerfully for our Lord Jesus, knowing that in heaven we will see the glorious fruits of our labors!