The Joy Of Children (Psalm 127:1-128:6)Darrell Hershberger, April 26, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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For any family, it will be a losing battle unless the Lord builds it up. A family is God’s idea, and He sustains it and gives it life. Children are a blessing from the hand of the Lord.
Children are likened to arrows in the quiver of a warrior. A man with a quiver full will have much power in defeating the enemy. So a man with many children has many “weapons” that will go out into the world and accomplish God’s will.
Children should not be a nuisance. They are why we are here, to bring them up to be warriors of the Kingdom.
In a larger family, joys are multiplied and sorrows are spread out. Children learn how to relate to and get along with each other. Their world view becomes enlarged.
The joy of discipline: Discipline is not a burden because it enables life to be lived like it was meant to be. Discipline and training will establish a pattern of behavior that will be beneficial later.
Fathers need to lead out in this. We must be sure we do not provoke our children to anger.
We also need each other. None of us can raise our families alone; we need the help and advice of each other.
1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel. (KJV)