Recorded Friday, April 5, 2013
“The Peace of Praise” (Psa. 128)
HOST: Chris Clevenger
- Jews attended three feasts in Jerusalem every year: Passover (Spring), Pentecost (Early Summer), and Tabernacles (Autumn) (Exodus 23:14-19)
- Traditionally they travelled in family or community groups to the city of David (Luke 2:41-52).
- As they journey they sang the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalm 120-134) to prepare for worship.
- This psalm is closely related to Psalm 127. Psalm 127 shows ferverous work without God. Psalm 128 shows the quiet blessings of an ordered life.
- The psalm is divided into three couplets. 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Each couplet shows the peace that praise and its attendant life brings in a different area of life.
- Peace in the Heart (Psalm 128:1-2)
- Reverence – “feareth the Lord”
- Obedience – “walketh in his ways”
- Hard Work – “labor of thine hands”
- Peace in the Home (Psalm 128:3-4)
- Wife – “a fruitful vine in thine house”
- Children – “olive plants round about thy table”
- Peace in the Host (Psalm 128:5-6)
- The Patriot’s Joy
- The Patriarch’s Peace
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