Psalm 128 is another song of ascent. One meaning of ascent is “a movement or return toward a source or beginning.” In these psalms David is praising his God, who is in heaven for all the blessing God had bestowed on him. He acknowledges God as his source for happiness, family, and the ability to work.
A lot of times we complain about these very things. We complain how unhappy we are, how our families mistreat us, and how horrible our jobs are. Instead we need to be like David and bless the creator of all, Yahweh Elohim, for giving us these blessings because that is what they are – blessings.
Think about it for a moment. How sad would we be if a loved one ended up in the hospital or something worst happened? How bad would we feel if we could no longer pay our housing cost if we lost our jobs? Maybe you’re saying, “I can barely make ends meet. What happiness is that?” Let’s be honest with ourselves. Did God get us into debt or did we get ourselves into debt because of our greed? I can say with all sincerity God had nothing to do with our debt because he owns everything. This is why the commandment tells us not to covet.
As far as happiness goes the scripture below tells us what it means to be happy. Those who fear Yahweh and live by his ways will be happy. It didn’t say those who had three homes, ten cars, and the ability to do whatever they wanted without any regards will be happy. Only those who fear Yahweh and live by his ways will be filled with true happiness that dwells deep within.
So let’s praise Yahweh for blessing us with all of our blessings.
To learn more about this series, read “To Yahweh Be the Glory.”
Yahweh Brings Happiness
How happy is everyone who fears you, Yahweh and who lives by your ways.
I eat what my hands have produced; I am happy and prosperous.
My husband (wife) is like a fruitful vine in the inner parts of my house. My children around the table are like shoots from an olive tree. This is the kind of blessing that fall on me, who fears you, Yahweh.
May you, Yahweh bless me from Zion!
May I see Jerusalem prosper all the days of my life, and may I live to see my children’s children!
Shalom on Israel.