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.
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
A Song of Ascents.
128:1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children's children!
Peace be upon Israel! (ESV)