Psalm 127:3 A Reward From God

Family with children

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 

In this busy, chaotic, workaholic world, children are often seen as a nuisance or a road block. Having children is seen as getting in the way of plans. Many people are so focused upon their careers that they do not want to have or see any children at all.

It is very common to see or hear of a child being aborted or given up for adoption, because the child will just get in the way. Or a person does not want the child because it is so expensive to raise a child.

There are many who have some children, but also just complain about each one. The child cannot or will not do something. The child has some disability. The child requires time and attention, and much more complaints.

Solomon realized that children are a heritage and a reward from God. They are a blessing and not a nuisance.

It is true that children are expensive to raise. It is also true that a child will often break a parent’s heart with making poor choices in life. It is true that children may cause a person to have to take a different route in life.

Yet, children can also be a very great blessing. The child is someone who a person can love, mold and shape into a servant for God. He is the one who can carry on the legacy and message of God to the future generations.

A child can bring great joy when watching the child make the right decisions. He can bring joy when accomplishing something new in life. Children are also a great blessing when they return the love that is given to them.

The blessings of a child will last a lifetime. Children are a great reward from God.

You may or may not have any children, but you can see them as a blessing and a reward as God does. When God blesses you with a child, He is seeing you as able to raise the child correctly in His love and ways. He is trusting you to raise a child of His.

Take your eyes off of yourself and selfish desires and see the blessings that a child can and does give a person. See the joy of having a child in your life.

You are a child of God and God cherishes you. Do the same with the child God is blessing you with.

I pray today that you will know God’s reward in children; that God will remove fear of raising a child; that God will guide you in raising a child; that God will open your heart to love children; and that you will see children as a great reward from God. 

Psalm 126:6 Return With Joy

Man filled with joy

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6 

All over the world there is often much sorrow. There is death, sickness, pain, suffering, poverty, violence and much more that takes the joy of life out of many people.

The struggles of life tear many people down, removing all joy and happiness. Some will strive to end it all because they no longer see any hope in life. They try and try to make things better, but seem to only find up failing and hurting worse. For many, in the end there does not seem to be any purpose or love left to hold on to.

The Israelite psalmist had seen Israel be crushed as a nation. There was a lot of weeping and sorrow, but now they were to go out sowing seed. God would restore them and bring back in a great harvest.

While this passage is talking about a physical harvest, it can also point to a spiritual harvest. Believers today are just like the rest of the world in that they see lots of death, sickness, pain, suffering and sorrow in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.

However, unlike the world, the believer has a hope to hold on to. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who believe in Him, thus they will have sorrow and weeping today, but songs of joy are coming.

The seed that the believer carries today is the gospel message of Jesus, the message of the salvation that He provides. As the believer is going out weeping over the sins of the world, he can carry the gospel seed to reach others for Jesus.

With much prayer and guidance of His Holy Spirit, that seed will go out and reach others for Jesus. Many will be saved. At that point, the believer will return with sheaves of new believers and songs of joy at God’s work in the lives of others.

As a believer, you have the seeds of the gospel with you. Weep over the sin and sorrow that you see around you, but carry those seeds to give to those who need it. Trust God to grow those seeds and to save many.

Reach many for Jesus, so that many lives will be saved and your joy will be great. For every one saved, there is great rejoicing in heaven, many songs of joy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of living for God; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has done; and that you will know the joy of many being saved by Jesus. 

Psalm 125:1 Never Shaken

Shaken building

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1 

Life can often take a sudden change in direction. Disasters are rarely seen ahead of time. Sickness rarely reports its coming early. Life changing accidents are never planned for.

When things like these and much more occur, people are thrown into confusion and fear. Their whole world is shaken It becomes a time of uncertainty because they do not understand what is happening, nor understand what to always do next.

Not only is there great fear when things go bad, but there is also a lot of fear of things possibly going to happen. A person hears of the rising crime statistics and then begins to fear that he may become a victim of a crime.

The psalmist states that there is a person who cannot be shaken at all. That person is the one who believes in God.

Believing in God means that one believes that God is in control and will do what He said He would do.

There have been many who have chosen to walk away from God because of a bad situation in their lives. They forget that God is in control and does allow bad things to occur, but for a good purpose.

The person who truly believes in God and what He does and can do, will not be shaken when bad things occur. As something in life is going ‘wrong’ he knows that it is because God allowed it to happen. He also knows that God uses everything for his benefit.

Knowing that God is in control and works for his benefit brings about a peace that the world does not know or understand. The world cannot understand why a believer is not going crazy when life appears to be falling apart. Yet, the world that is falling a part is just a temporary world. What is eternal has not changed and cannot be changed.

When times come that turn your life upside down and appear to be disastrous , put your trust in God. Relax and know that God is in control. Do not allow yourself or your belief in God to be shaken, but built up.

Jesus promised difficult times, but He also promised He would be with you. That brings a peace the world does not understand. Stand firm on that and don’t be shaken like the rest of the world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God in every situation; that God will remove fear of change or the unknown; and that God will fill you with His peace among disaster.