Monday, December 21, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, December 27, 2015
Psalm 128: 1-2, 3, 4-5 (Read)
“Blessed are those who fear
the Lord and walk in His ways.”
Our psalmist tells us that a man who
has a right relationship with the Lord
will also obtain a right relationship
with his wife and his family. If we have
a right relationship with the Lord, we will
know how to treat our wives and our
children, and in turn, we will discover
how blessed we are in our home and
by the presence of our family. “Just
so will the man be blessed who fears
And if a man walks with the Lord, this
will be reflected in the way he loves his
wife. Because if a man cherishes his
wife, as ‘flesh of his flesh’ and ‘bone of
his bones,’ he nourishes his relationship
with her, as Christ nourishes the Church.
And the man’s reward is that his wife will
be like a ‘fruitful vine’ within his house.
This is how a man is blessed who fears
Having been so favored by God, we understand
why, 'A man shall leave his father and mother and
cleave to his wife.' God made them one flesh, and,
'What God has joined, no human being may separate.'
If we fear the Lord and walk in His ways, we will receive
the blessings of our labor, prosper in a material way, and
grow old gracefully in the company of our family.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm tells us how to gain God's favor so that our family life
will be blessed. What does it mean to you to fear the Lord and walk
in His ways?
2. We learn from our psalmist how to behave toward our wife and our
children. A right relationship with our family is obtained by having a right
relationship with our Lord. Explain how you are putting this teaching