Study Guide – Psalm 128

Psalm128
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.

As you begin this study, take a moment to let verse 1 sink deeply into your soul. Repeat it again and again and ask God to help this verse be true for you.

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.


Go through each line of verses 2-4 and imagine an opposite outcome (e.g. "You will starve in your labor" or "Your wife will be like a withered-up vine"). As you do so, consider what it means to have blessing from the Lord.


Who receives this blessing? What does it mean to "fear" the Lord?


Side study: How is Psalm 128 related to Psalm 127?


Side question: Is God's blessing gender-exclusive or does this psalm just so happen to be focused on men?


5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel. NIV

 

How might growing older make this psalm more meaningful to a person?


::::: Equipping challenge :::::

Consider people that you know who are struggling in their family. Take a moment to sincerely and earnestly pray this psalm as a blessing upon them.

 

—– Psalms Study Guide

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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