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.
‘One size fits all’ is probably never true; certainly not in respect to the blessings God gives us. Rather, Love and Grace are fitted to each of us, according to our need (perhaps more than our desire) and according to our Father’s perfect knowledge of each one of His beloved children. Timothy Keller comments on Psalm 128….
Timothy Keller wrote: “FAMILY: A loving spouse and growing children are a great blessing (verses 3-4). But sin in the heart and evil in the world have disrupted the life of the human family. Many wish to have families who don’t, and many who have families wish they had very different ones. There are also people who have suffered terrible abuse within their families. Jesus said that his family did not consist of his biological relatives: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35). The church must not only support and repair families but also find a way to become the family of God where everyone, married and single, childless or not, can flourish in love.”
“Prayer: Lord, too many of us today relate to others at church as fellow customers rather than as brothers and sisters. We go to get religious services, not to live out our common lives together like family. Change my thinking; help me to help my church become a family. Amen.”
From Timothy Keller in My Rock My Refuge