This Psalm tucked away in the midst of the Songs of Degrees has as it’s theme Blessing on the House of the God-Fearing for it begins with this statement: ‘Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways.’ (v.1)
In the following verses the specific blessings are listed: ‘For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.’ Physical sustenance is promised but it comes with the activity of labor just as stated in the New Testament ‘work with your own hands’ (I Thessalonians 4:11).
Happiness is the fruit of laboring with success, and physical and spiritual wellness are the results of this God-bestowed happiness which is the ensuing result of fearing God, walking in His ways, and enjoying the results of working.
The blessing of those in the family follow as the ‘wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house’ bringing forth the ‘fruit of the womb’ and being fruitful and multiplying thereby obeying the original command to the first couple, Adam and Eve.
Children are likened to ‘olive plants about thy table’ showing that there are more than one and produce the necessary supply of a staple food as illustrated here. That they are ‘about thy table’ shows the abundance of offspring which demonstrates the certain manifold blessing of the LORD.
‘Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.’ This repeated statement of blessing with the opening ‘Behold’ lays emphasis on God’s working in the life of this man who fears the LORD encouraging us to grasp the truth contained here that we too might be blessed in the same way.
In (v.5) the focus turns to the LORD’s favorite place on earth showing that His physical blessing comes forth ‘out of Zion’ the veritable home of God on earth. An additional reference is made to Zion as Jerusalem and Zion are often interchanged in the Scripture, here, with the emphasis on the city of God, not just His earthly temple location.
But, the promise to the God-fearing man remains: ‘Thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life’ which is certainly not the case today, however, in this day all was well in this renowned city, the capital of Israel and the crown jewel of the Holy Land.
Then in (v.6) the blessing is compounded as the promise of God brings another generation into view: ‘Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.’ The gift of seeing one’s grandchildren is a priceless blessing that carries with it the bonus of long life, plus this verse goes on to include the benefit of witnessing peace upon the land of Israel which again was experienced in that day.
And, now, as we survey the world scene in this new millennium, Israel is in complete turmoil with bombings and killings almost every day, but when the Prince of Peace returns to earth, He, the Lord Jesus Christ, will bring all of this chaos to an end, and then, during the Millennium, when He rules with ‘a rod of iron’, the land will once again know this great promise of old.
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