God’s Life-Giving Word of Praise and Thanksgiving
Psalm 128: Today’s reading is in the form of a blessing that priests bestowed on pilgrims when they attended one of the major festivals in Jerusalem. The psalm concludes with a blessing upon Jerusalem.
Happy are those who obey the LORD, who live by his commands.
The Reward of Obedience to the Lord
1Happy are those who obey the Lord,
who live by his commands.
2Your work will provide for your needs;
you will be happy and prosperous.
3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home,
and your children will be like young olive trees around your table.
4A man who obeys the Lord
will surely be blessed like this.
5May the Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see Jerusalem prosper
all the days of your life!
6May you live to see your grandchildren!
Peace be with Israel!
What blessings are cited in this psalm? Reread verse 1. In what ways do you seek to obey the LORD and live by his commands? In what ways have you experienced God’s blessings?
Loving God, help me to obey you and live by your commands. I thank and praise you for your many blessings. Guide my actions this day so that all I do and say honors you. Amen.
Ezra 7:1-10: Ezra arrives in Jerusalem.