Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Far too often, the world views children as a burden. In fact, some parents of larger families have been questioned for their strange or foolish behaviour in birthing so many children into the world. God, however, views children differently from that of the world. To the Lord, children are a blessing. They are a reward given by God (Psalm 127:3) and are “as arrows in the hand of a mighty man” (Psalm 127:4). Today, couples are made to feel ashamed for having larger families, but the scriptures teach otherwise. Instead of shame for having children, the Bible says, “Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:5). Not only would this man experience personal happiness, but he would gain such respect that he could “speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:5).
• (For children): Psalm 128 says a man that fears the Lord will be happy. He will be blessed with lots of children. In Psalm 128:3, a fruitful vine is one that grows much fruit and olive plants have many branches. Jesus loved children (Mark 10:13-16).
• (For everyone): Has God allowed you to have any children? If so, how do you view those children? Would they perceive that you view them as a blessing or as a burden?
• Take some time to do a Bible study and see how many large families you can find. What are some things these families have in common? How did those families perceive children?
• Thank God for the children in your life.
• Ask God to give you a proper perspective on children.
SONG: THANKS TO GOD
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 1, WEEK 20)
Subject: Forgiveness (con’t)
God’s word says that the Lord forgives because He is full of compassion (Psalm 78:38). In other words, the Lord forgives man because He suffers with man as man continues his cycle of inconsistent living.
When a believer approaches God confessing his sins, he finds an ear ready to hear his petitions and pleas. Man needs only come and seek the forgiveness with a sincere heart because God remains ready and waiting to grant that forgiveness.