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Psalm 128 is a lovely blessing given to those that fear the Lord.  Having a great and healthy reverence for who God is– brings peace  to our lives.  We are happy to seek him; but, there is little in the culture that would encourage a right reverence for Him. The Psalmist, also dealt with that issue.  Israel was reputed, by God, to be a stiff-necked people.  They were stubborn, they were disgruntled, and they were not always reverent to the Lord.  

As a nation, they saw God clear the land and hand it over to them. He led, fed and protected them for over 40 years. Once he handed them the gift, they started to pull away. As they were less dependent upon him for the basic elements of life–food, water, protection, health and guidance; the people became less reverent, more independent and more stiff-necked. 

The result was never good and often found the people back in bondage and slavery.  But, if a person would continue to trust and follow God–that reverence often freed them from the silly things that would entrap them. Things like a need for stuff, power or notoriety. One would realize they were accepted and a  part of a plan that would bring them hope and a legacy.

In our world, the struggle remains real.  Everything pulls at us to chase the fleeting rewards offered by the world. Only those that seek God realize that he gives us the peace, confidence and the purposeful life we long for. If we will trust Him–He will give us what we need and leave for us a legacy, through those we touch and those we raise, that will point back to His leadership and to our love and focus upon Him.

God Bless You

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.