April 20 – Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord

King David wrote meaningful praise songs, from the heart, and over seventy of them can be found in the book of Psalms.  These songs tell us the story of David’s life and they include timeless themes of praise, rescue, provision and blessing.  The songs were recorded so the whole nation of Israel could reflect upon the message sung during special times of the year. Psalm 128 describes those who walk in the ways of the Lord and it shows the various ways in which those who fear the Lord are blessed.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.  The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!  May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!

We are blessed when we choose to live life following God’s blueprints.  King David was blessed with children, but it was several long years after this song was written before Israel experienced great peace.  Our choices can affect the peace that we experience.  At times David’s ungodly behavior robbed him of peace and blessings. We can also learn from David’s desire for true repentance that we do not need to remain separated from God.  Confession restores our relationship and we can return to walking in the ways of our Lord who is our greatest blessing.

Psalm 128:1-6 ESV