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Psalm 128: The Secret To A Blessed Life

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love-god-1Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. Psalm 128:1

When the Israelites traveled to Jerusalem to partake in the annual festivals, they did so as families. As they walked, they met other families and came alongside them in their journey. In unison, they rejoiced and praised God for the blessings He bestowed upon their families. They acknowledged God in all the goodness they received. Additionally, they had reverence for the Lord. This attitude is called  fearing the Lord.  It means to hold the Lord in the highest esteem, to revere Him, to hold Him in a holy awe, or to highly respect Him. For the Christ-follower, it doesn’t mean feelings of terror and dread. Psalm 112:1-2 says, “Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” It was true then and it is still true today–God blesses those who revere and honor Him in their lives. To have God’s blessings we need three things to be evident in our lives:

1. An attitude of reverence, awe, or respect for the Lord,

2. Trust in Him, His Word, and His promises, and

3. Gladly live in sweet obedience to His Word.

Is there some area of your life that could use more veneration towards God? Is living according to His ways difficult? That’s ok. God knows that in our own strength we can’t follow His commands or live according to His ways. We need his help. All we have to do is ask, believing and trusting in His promises that He will supply what we lack. Ask Him to increase your awe and respect of Him, to change your perception of the God He is. And He will do that for you. Then, as you grow in your love and devotion of Him, He works on the inside, growing your reverence, trust and desire to live according to His Word.

Choosing to do what pleases the Lord and giving Him all the glory for the fruit of your efforts produces a blessed life. Some of these blessings might come in the form of spiritual fruit to continue on in His kingdom work, or they could be in other tangible or intangible forms. In gratitude, recognize all blessings originate from His hand. Saying “thank-you” with a grateful heart will go far with God.

Choosing the fear of the Lord also establishes a good example in our military homes. Over time, our children will see the correlation between our humility and reverence before God and His blessing of the home. This isn’t to mean that blessed homes won’t experience hard trials, they do, but it does mean that God is present in the midst of those trials. Fearing the Lord is key to keeping pride from taking root. An attitude of reverence for God + sweet obedience = the ability to enjoy His blessings.

Blessings to you,

Lisa

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God – Our Master Builder

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Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

There is a spiritual bond like no other when parents bring the Lord into their home.

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

 King Solomon asserted that a life that is lived apart from God is a futile effort. In fact, a life that declares it doesn’t need God is an empty life. It means it is void of eternal meaning and purpose. Having God as the Master Builder of your military home ensures His blessings.

 The book of Ecclesiastes (Ecc. 1:2) says, “The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. ‘Vanity of vanities!’ All is vanity.’” The word vanity means “breath” or “vapor.”2 Solomon states that our lives are as fleeting as a spray of thin mist. The years swiftly pass by. If you are a parent, you can identify with this concept. When our children are small it seems like they will be small forever, or least for a long time. However, when they are grown we reflect on how those formative years zipped along.

 Psalm 127 is a psalm about family. Its wisdom states that unless God is in the life of our home, the Master Builder, all of life that goes on in our home is futile. Leaving God out of every aspect of life renders all that we do, achieve, or pursue, as pointless, void of eternal value. It is as if we’re trying to invest funds into our retirement accounts with counterfeit money. There is only one thing that is lasting–a life that pleases God. This type of life is based on 1 Corinthians 3:10. “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and some else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

 There is a spiritual bond that is like no other when parents bring the Lord into their homes. When a home has invited God to be an active participant in all areas of the home, those relationships are not only blessed, but God imparts meaning into each relationship, forging eternal perspectives and purposes. This isn’t to say that God doesn’t call out a life from a broken home and give him or her a spiritual purpose. He does. There are many examples in the Bible where God does just that (i.e. Rahab).

 Some years ago I heard this analogy about a home that is void of Jesus’ presence. His blessings are gifts to us. But when the Lord is vacant in the home, it is like a gift still under the tree, still wrapped up. It was never opened in order for its blessings to be experienced. Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard says, “Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards.” The beautiful thing about God is that He is full of compassion and gives us second chances. If we didn’t grow up in homes where God was present and welcomed, we can choose the Lord as adults and allow Jesus’ to establish our homes today, allowing Jesus’ life to be the source of its strength, joy, resiliency, unity, and purpose. God blesses a home that is moving towards Him.

 Blessings,

Lisa

The above devotional was an except from Faith Steps for Military Families. You can also find me at www.Facebook.com/FaithStepsForMilitaryFamilies and on twitter at www.Twitter.com/lisanixonphilli