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God is faithful to take our minuscule efforts and multiply their outcome.

 

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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
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.

 

Moving into the latter section of Psalm 127, Solomon turns a sharp corner and offers a multi-faceted metaphor. He begins by declaring the blessing children are from the Lord. This seems to be an illustration for his earlier comments on God’s sovereign involvement in our ordinary work. In this metaphor, children are a rich inheritance, a fruitful product and a valuable reward. Just as children are a wonderful result of a loving relationship, so is the reward of our work in partnership with God. Teaming with God results in an abundance of blessing – because God is faithful to take our minuscule efforts and multiply their outcome.

In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson says, “the psalm praises the effortless work of making children… What do we have to do to get sons and daughters? Very little… We participated in an act of love that was provided for us in the structure of God’s creation.” So, it is with our work. God creates a beautiful – though paradoxical – structure by which we’re invited to team with him in the creative work he’s given us to do. When we faithfully do our part in loving relationship with God, results are bountiful.

The more we team with God finding rest in his love, the more we can reap divine benefit. Like many arrows in a quiver and many children in a household, Solomon notes the many blessings for those who do life according to God’s design – including freedom from shame (Psalm 127:5). Paul declares, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16-17). This is the way of God’s kingdom – God uses an ounce of our faith to declare us righteous. He takes our small efforts to work with him and then lavishes us with abundant blessings. Let’s praise God for his abundance and the joy of doing life with him by listening to When I’m With You by Citizen Way.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Yvonne Biel 

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