I love Psalm 127. It’s one of the first passages of Scripture I meditated on when finding out my wife was pregnant with twins, doubling our number of children and ruining the cute photo opp we had planned to announce Jessica’s pregnancy. It’s the chapter in Scripture that my former mentor and disciple during Bible ollege and seminary, Jimmy Scroggins, would point us to under his umbrella of training. It’s a passage I go to during baby dedications and weekly discipleships as I do everything I can to create a culture of marriages and families at our church where Christ is at the center.
God uses marriage and family as a picture of the Gospel and his family. When marriage and family is built on anything else but the Lord as verse 1 indicates, it is done in vain. When Christ is not the foundation of a flourishing family, we all suffer for it. Think about it. What hurts society? Divorce, affairs, out of wedlock births, cohabitation, things that either break apart marriage and families or go against God’s picture of marriage and families. If you can’t think about it, just do a simple Google search on the statistics. Children raised by mom and dad are less likely to be in poverty or drop out of school. They are more likely to finish college. It goes on and on. God’s original picture of the family is ideal but is not always obtained because of sin. That’s why it’s foundation still needs to be Christ.
Verse 3 is simply saying that children are an inheritance from the Lord and a blessing upon those moms and dads where Christ is the foundation. According to the Bible, children are like arrows – a type of strength – to their parents, shot out for mission.
Children have a way of strengthening a parent’s maturity, they strengthen your level of responsibility and sometimes even strengthen your trust in God. Children have – and will continue to have – an incredible impact on not only parents, but society. It’s why I explained to college students last week how much I loved the movie “A Quiet Place” and its value of children and protecting them at all costs within the plot, in spite of the evil that the family was up against. Blessed is the man who fills his home full of them. He will not be put to shame when enemies go against him. Because they are a source of his strength against that enemy, shot out as missional arrows to be used by the Lord.
• Is Christ the foundation of your home?
• Do you view children as described in this passage?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor