“Sing Unto the Lord a New Song: Meditations From the Book of Psalms.” Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, July 20, 2018
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth. 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” (Psalm 127:3–5).
Banish the thought that children are a bother, inconvenience, or nuisance. Banish the thought that children are an afterthought, mistake, or interruption of our regularly scheduled programs. The Bible says that we are blessed when we have plenty, from our young age, and that they are a special gift from Him.
Do not miss the language of blessing in our theme text. Let me ask you a question: Are inheritances good or bad? Did you know that the Hebrew word for the word, “heritage” means to take possession of or inherit? This is wonderful! This means that God has given us children as an inheritance, which means they are blessings of inestimable value in the sight of God and we should respect them as such.
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The text continues that we are blessed when we have a household full of them; especially if we can do so while we are young and energetic. Children who are loved, nurtured, valued, and respected will grow up to represent the family name well. When enemies attempt to cast aspersion against you or your family’s character, children, who are receptive to godly character building will defend your honor at all costs, while still maintaining a holy demeanor.
Since children are a gift from God, why not treat them as such?
Sing unto the Lord a new song. Celebrate God’s wisdom in giving us children to love and nurture.