Solomon's songs of the strong family, Psalms 127 and 128, contain an emphasis on leadership. Having considered the value of children (127:3–5), he examines the role of leadership in the home.
Solomon's songs of the strong family, Psalms 127 and 128, contain an emphasis on leadership. Having considered the value of children (127:3–5), he examines
the role of leadership in the home.
Leading the Home
How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table. (128:1–3)
In Psalm 127, the arrows are in our hands, needing direction. As the songwriter continues his thoughts regarding the family in Psalm 128, he says that
"everyone who fears the LORD" will be blessed or happy. The context is the family—specifically, the children God gives. As the progression continues from
127:3–5 to 128:1–2, we see how each arrow is to be carefully directed: 1) in the fear of the Lord, and 2) walking in His ways. You will notice, happiness
will continue to be the surrounding atmosphere ("how blessed").
Parents who train their children according to biblical principles have the hope of ultimate happiness. As a matter of fact, 128:2 says your investment will
allow you to "eat of the fruit of your hands" and "it will be well with you." The picture is, again, the hands (as it was in 127:4). Parents' hands enjoy
the product of their labor as they "pick the fruit" of the domestic garden they have cultivated. As submission is caught, obedience taught, and
understanding sought, the dividends come rolling in!
Verse 3 is such a pleasant picture. The father looks around the supper table. He sees his wife ("a fruitful vine") and children ("olive plants"). I notice
that the children are not called "branches" but plants. This seems to emphasize that each offspring is independent, unique, one who will reproduce his own
kind in later years. And the difference is also seen in that the mother is pictured as a vine, but the children as olive plants. This is a good and
We as parents are unwise to assume that our children are put together exactly like we are. The father, for example, who is athletic has a strong tendency
to want that same quality to emerge in his son, even to the point of forcing it. The same is true of a mother who is artistic. She persistently urges that
talent in her daughter, but frequently that isn't the daughter's interest. Why? To answer with the songwriter's symbols: we are vines, but our children are
olive plants. However, regardless of a child's talent (or lack of it), athletic ability (or lack of it), the training we give him or her must be that of
spiritual instruction ("fear of the Lord"). A child must be directed toward faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and given an enormous amount of training in the
principles of Scripture.
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