Daily Reading and Prayer: Monday June 22

Psalms 128 speaks of the greatest blessings in life, all rooted in right relationship with God. This weekend, enjoying a wonderful Father’s Day, with children “like olive shots around my table,” and my grandchild on my knee, I felt as though this Psalm had come to life. Be sure, every day, to recount God’s blessings in your own life!

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.

Prayer

One way to pray the Psalms is to use each verse or blessing as a prayer for someone in your life. Try it with this Psalm:

Psalm 128:1 May ______ fear You, Lord, and walk in Your ways so that he/she may be blessed.

Psalm 128:2 May _______ eat the fruit of his/her labor. May blessings and prosperity be ______’s.

Psalm 128:3 (For a male) May ______’s wife be a fruitful vine within his house. May ______’s sons [and daughters] be like olive shoots around his/her table.

Psalm 128:4 “Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord.” May ______ be one who fears You, Lord, and be blessed.

Psalm 128:5-6a “May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children.” May ______ be blessed all the days of his/her life. May ______ live to see his/her children’s children.