Blessed is the Man!

Keith Knight

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold,children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."  Psalm 127

In 1173, the foundation was laid for one of Italy's most famous structures: a tower that would stand next to a cathedral. But during construction period, they discovered that the soil was softer than they had previously thought, and the tower began to sink.  Today, the top of the tower is nearly 13 feet off center.  People come from around the world to see the “Leaning Tower of Pisa”, and scientists travel to Pisa yearly to measure its slow descent.  They calculate that with current movement, it will one day collapse.

What foundation are you building your family and house upon?

Families establish homes.  And a family or house that isn’t built by the master craftsman, the Lord Jesus Christ, will never experience the sacred bond that God has designed regarding families and relationships.  Jesus Christ needs to be the central focus of our heart, soul and mind…and reading God’s Word and obeying the Bible will help you to determine your family values.

The psalmist also cautions the family to be careful and maintain good balance between work and rest (v.2). We should have good work ethics and honor God, but not at the expense of neglecting the family.  We need to spend quality time with the family and make it a priority to find times for spiritual refreshment.

Lastly, the psalmist says that “children are a heritage from the Lord” (v.3).  Children are a “gift”, a “reward”, an “asset” that God values highly.  Children love to learn and have curious minds.  They love to talk and have many questions. Children have trusting hearts and transparent willing spirits.  And we know that children have lots and lots and lots of energy!  We would be foolish to think of them as liabilities or inconveniences in life, an interruption or annoyance.

The closing analogy or parallel (v.4) that the psalmist gives is awesome and should resonate with men, the husbands, fathers and leaders of their family and house...and here it is…

Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior’s hand.
BLESSED is the man whose quiver is full of them!!!

Make God your highest priority and let Him do the building of your family and house!

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