Monday, December 24, 2018
Psalm for Sunday, December 30, 2018
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 the Lord.”
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