“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord” (Psalm 128:1-4).
This is the good life since God’s ways are good. Fearing God. Walking in His ways (obeying Him). Working hard. Being married with children around a table eating together. Blessings abound.
We are blessed when we obey God. This is a theme throughout the entire Bible. In the Old Testament, those who lived in obedience to God were blessed and those who lived in rebellion to Him were cursed. Nothing has changed. God’s ways are perfect. We are commanded to fear God and obey Him, walk in His ways. All of His commands to us are for our good.
We are commanded to work hard. Women are commanded to work hard in their homes and men are commanded to work hard to provide for their families. This is the way it has been from the beginning. Are you busy in your homes, women? Are you careful to teach, train, and discipline your children? Are you a help meet to your husband as the Lord has created you to be?
In these verses, we are told of the value of children; the value of women bearing and raising children. This is not popular in this day where overpopulation is taught in the public schools. Everything the radical environmentalists fight for harms people, but mostly the unborn children suffer the most since in their minds, they are the problem. Murdering unborn babies is their solution. They worship the creation rather than the Creator.
Bearing and raising children is a good thing! God created our bodies to do this. God calls women who open their wombs to children a “fruitful vine by the sides of thine house.” He calls children a blessing from Him. “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house – It is not uncommon in the East, as elsewhere, to train a vine along the sides of a house – partly to save ground; partly because it is a good exposure for fruit; partly as an ornament; and partly to protect it from thieves. Such a vine, in its beauty, and in the abundant clusters upon it, becomes a beautiful emblem of the mother of a numerous household.” (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible)
“Thy children like olive plants round about thy table; a numerous offspring was always accounted a very great blessing; and it must be very pleasant to a parent to see his children round about his table.” (Gill’s Exposition) There is no greater blessing to me than to sit around a table with my husband of almost 40 years and sharing food with my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren. This is living the good life. I love God’s ways!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17