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A sermon from Psalm 128 that examines "The Blessed Father."

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  • Psalm 128

  • Choose the good

    path, Dad; Im coming

    right behind you!

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he

    is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he

    is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but

    bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the

    Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he

    is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but

    bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the

    Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).

    In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that

    great responsibility.

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he

    is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but

    bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the

    Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).

    In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that

    great responsibility.

    This mornings text isnt about that responsibility.

  • A father has a great responsibility to choose the right

    path for his family.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he

    is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but

    bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the

    Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).

    In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that

    great responsibility.

    This mornings text isnt about that responsibility.

    Instead, the text is about the blessings for fulfilling that

    responsibility.

  • Psalm 128

  • First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.

  • First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.

    That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children.

  • First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.

    That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: 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 ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).

  • First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.

    That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: 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 ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).

    That Psalm ends the way this Psalm begins.

  • First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.

    That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: 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 ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).

    That Psalm ends the way this Psalm begins: Blessed in

    the man . . . . (v 5, ESV).

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the

    labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV).

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the

    labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat

    the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the

    labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat

    the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.

    The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v

    3, ESV).

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the

    labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat

    the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.

    The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v

    3, ESV).

    The Hebrew literally reads, In the innermost parts of

    your house.

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the

    labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat

    the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.

    The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v

    3, ESV).

    The Hebrew literally reads, In the innermost parts of

    your house.

    In ancient Oriental cultures, the womens quarters were

    the innermost parts of the house, & they, therefore, were

    not generally expected to be seen outside of the house.

  • Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of

    ancient Israel.

    Thus, some of the imagery the psalmist uses will

    sound quite strange to us.

  • Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.

  • Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.

    The psalmist compares the wife to a fruitful vine &

    the children to olive shoots (v 3, ESV).

  • Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.

    The psalmist compares the wife to a fruitful vine &

    the children to olive shoots (v 3, ESV).

    Therefore, we need to be careful about taking this

    Psalm too literally.

  • This morning, we want

    to examine "THE

    BLESSED FATHER."

  • This morning, we want

    to examine "THE

    BLESSED FATHER."

    A FEARFUL FIDELITY

    A FRUITFUL FAMILY

    A FAITHFUL FELLOWSHIP

  • A FEARFUL FIDELITY

    v 1

  • Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks

    in his ways! (v 1, ESV).

  • What does it mean to

    "fear the LORD"?

  • Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.

  • Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.

    Thus, the second line often explains the first line.

  • Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.

    Thus, the second line often explains the first line.

    Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful

    tongue (Ps 120:2, ESV).

  • Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.

    Thus, the second line often explains the first line.

    Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful

    tongue (Ps 120:2, ESV).

    Lying lips & a deceitful tongue refer to the same

    thingviz., a lying person.

  • Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.

    Thus, the second line often explains the first line.

    Therefore, in this Psalm, fearing the LORD is the

    same thing as walking in his ways.

  • Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means

    honoring him in daily lives.

  • Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means

    honoring him in daily lives.

    There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was

    Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who

    feared God and turned away from evil (Job 1:1, ESV).

  • Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means

    honoring him in daily lives.

    Job 1:1.

    Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD (Prov

    14:2, ESV).

  • Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means

    honoring him in daily lives.

    Job 1:1.

    Prov 14:2.

    The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit

    of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and

    might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the

    LORD (Is 11:2, ESV).

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

    Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing

    him.

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

    Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing

    him.

    After Saul took spoil from the Amalekites, contrary to

    the will of God, the word of the LORD came to

    Samuel: I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has

    turned back from following me and has not performed

    my commandments (1 Sm 15:10-11, ESV).

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

    Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing

    him.

    1 Sm 15:10-11.

    God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going

    against the Amalekites.

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

    Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing

    him.

    1 Sm 15:10-11.

    God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going

    against the Amalekites.

    Devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare

    them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox

    and sheep, camel and donkey (1 Sm 15:3, ESV).

  • In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys

    him.

    Obedien

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