Not Every Promise in the Word of God is Mine
- Psalms 128:1 (KJV)
- Psalms 128:2 (KJV)
- Psalms 128:3 (KJV)
- Psalms 128:4 (KJV)
- Psalms 128:5 (KJV)
- Psalms 128:6 (KJV)
You and I live in a “me” culture today. “What’s in it for me?” is the mantra of the hearts and minds of many people. This Psalm gives straight up answers to that question as it relates to those who chose to reverence and obey the Lord in King David's day. The benefits listed are as follows. They will have:
3. everything “turning up roses”
5. abundant, blessed and productive children
6. long life that sees one's “children’s children”
7. personally witness peace upon Israel
Hmmm. Has this been your experience and the experience of those who you have seen who reverence and obey the Lord as well? If we’re honest, I think we would all have to say, “Well, not exactly.” We can all testify that not all of these things have been true of our own lives in every detail. However, in many ways, they definitely have been generally true, aye?
However, this Psalm doesn’t say that these things will more or less be so in the life of one who reverences and obeys God .. does it? No. It says they will be true. What’s gone wrong then? Maybe I haven’t been as obedient as I should be? No. What make this Psalm a dilemma for many is the faulty hermeneutic (rules for interpreting Scripture) they use in understanding it. ??? Hermeneutic? Yes. Hermeneutic!
Who was this Psalm written to? When was it written? Under what circumstances were the recipients of this Psalm living at the time? These are very important questions a child of God must ask themselves if they would correctly understand and interpret the Bible. Psalm 128 was written to the Jewish people who were living under the Mosaic Law. So, primarily, its promises applied directly to them. Under the Law (a contract between God and his chosen people, Israel), God promised he would bless all who loved him and obeyed his commandments … but, he would curse all who turned away from him and disobeyed his commandments. This was the Jews' formal and bilateral agreement with their God. And, God always kept his part. Unfortunately, his people rarely kept their part.
So, now that we have these important facts in mind, how should we interpret this Psalm? Actually, it makes all of its promises and blessings come to life. If you or I were living under the Law at that time, and we were of that small group of God’s people who were loving, trusting and obeying the Lord,every single one of these promises would come to pass in our earthly sojourn and experience. This is the correct interpretation of this scripture.
“So, how does it apply to us today,” someone may ask? Well, now that we have the interpretation down we can ask ourselves what application or applications are found here that are true to us today as well. (There is only one interpretation of any given scripture but there can be many applications.)
Let’s chose just one application here and then we’ll leave it open to find others. I would say, by way of application that, happiness and blessing are inevitable in the lives of all of God’s children today who chose to love and follow him. Do you agree? I have witnessed this throughout my own life, as well as in all those I have known who have chosen to love and walk with the Savior.
Now, may I say to you, the blessings that fall on us believers today(who are under the New Covenant) far exceed the narrow and specific blessings that a Jewish believer received under the Law!Here are a few verses written to us believers today that speak of many of our universal blessings. Can you find a blessing or two in them?
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.Jn 14:27
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.2 Cor 1:21-22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Gal 5:22-23
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father —to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.Rev 1:5b-6
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.Jude 24-25
By the way, our loving God is still blessing his people with family and children today ... but he does not always choose this avenue of blessing for everyone. Those who have not received such blessings have received blessings of other types that are of equal, if not more, value. Mother Teresa comes to mind. In the final analysis, "What's in it for me, if I love and follow the Lord?" The answer is, "BLESSINGS TOO NUMERABLE TO COUNT".
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