A Blessing of Long Life and Peace
Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
This psalm begins by saying that those who fear God and walk in His ways will be blessed. The following verses describe various ways they will be blessed. And the last verse concludes with yet another blessing—a long life.
People must live many years in order to see their grandchildren. God promises long life to those who honor their parents (Exodus 20:12). Indeed the Fifth Commandment is commonly referred to as “the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:2). By extension, obeying God our Father is showing honor to Him.
Finally, knowing that God is watching over and blessing His people is the comforting conclusion of this psalm: “Peace be upon Israel!” The incredible peace that God’s people have is a peace the world cannot offer because it is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit (John 14:27; Galatians 5:22).
To learn more about this fruit of God’s Holy Spirit, read our article “Fruit of the Spirit: Peace.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Be Attentive to Those in Need.”