Study Guide – Psalm 128

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

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