Ascending to the House of God
Our Way Psalm 128
Psalm 128 speaks of our way, the way in which we walk, the way of faith in Christ, and the way in which divine providence takes us. Our way is Christ.
“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.”
This psalm may and should be applied to God’s saints in this world. As I have already stated, it speaks about believers walking in faith. But, it seems obvious to me that the psalmist has the man Christ Jesus, our blessed Savior, in view throughout this song. He who is the Object of our faith is himself the great Example of faith.
The Lord Jesus is our Husband. He has betrothed us unto himself forever in righteousness, justice, lovingkindness, and great mercy (Hosea 2:19). “Thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called” (Isa. 54:5). What a blessed union we have with him! The Son of God assumed our nature and wedded himself to us in a union of grace indescribably more intimate and real than anything that might be compared to it. We are bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, one with him forever!
Blessed is the man Christ Jesus, who has feared the Lord and accomplished the redemption of his wife, the church of God’s elect, by the sacrifice of himself! She shall be unto him a fruitful vine. It is written, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.”
Thus the God of all grace, his Father and our Father, shall bless him out of his holy hill, Zion. He will perform all his covenant with his Son, our Husband, pouring out his Spirit upon all his seed (Gal. 3:13-14), blessing his offspring with peace forever. He shall see the good of his Jerusalem all the days of his life, forever!
By virtue of our union with the Lord Jesus Christ, God pours out showers of blessing upon us continually, and commands his prophet, “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat of the fruit of their doings.” All that our great Husband Redeemer has done for us, we did in him; and we are therefore rewarded with everlasting life in and by him.