Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways (PSALM 128:1 NKJV).
The word “blessed” is the Hebrew word for “happy.” God wants every home to be a happy home, but this means it must also be a holy home.
Happiness comes when the home fears the Lord. It may sound contradictory, but fear and happiness go hand in hand. In fact, when a man fears the Lord, he can be happy in knowing he doesn’t have to fear anyone else. He doesn’t have to fear anything in life or in death itself, knowing that God is in control.
Happiness also comes when the home follows the Lord. We must “walk in his ways.” This is so true of my family. When I, my wife, and my children are all closest to the Lord, we are at our happiest as a family. When you are happy in the Lord, you’ll be happy with each other. You will never have the home that you could have until your home fears the Lord.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Sometimes it seems “the fear of the Lord” has been given a bad rap. We forget that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10;
Psalm 111:10). It’s the starting point for all of us. Fear God and we fear nothing else in life. We are secure in fearing the one who created us and who cares for us. We are happy in that security. Our homes are happy places because of our rock-like trust in God.
We need never fear fearing the Lord, if we want to be happy people.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.