June 21, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Excerpts from Adrian Rogers’  sermon. “Father the Leader of the Band”

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. There is to be harmony in the home. Indeed, and who’s the leader, who orchestrates this wonderful music? Fathers.    Psalm 128 (NIV) contains a special message to fathers, so if you’re one, I’d like you to notice five wonderful truths to help you put music in your home. 

1.  The Father’s Labor   v. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. There’s something wonderful about honest work — providing for your family and coming home to enjoy what God has given.

2.The Companion That He Loves   v.3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;     A father’s companion is his faithful wife, because she clings to him like a vine clings to a wall. And a husband is to be to his wife what a wall is to a vine — her support and strength.

3.  The Children That He Leads  “your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” Did you know that the olive is a biblical symbol of fruitfulness and righteousness? An olive tree, if it is well established, can provide fruit for twenty generations.  If your wife is like a vine and your children are like olive plants, what is your role? You are to cultivate them!  Wise is the dad that understands that it is his duty and privilege to cultivate his wife’s love and meet her needs, and to cultivate his children and meet their needs.   The husband encourages and builds up his wife by shining His love and showering his affections upon her. 

4.  The Character That He Lives   Now, most people think happiness comes from marriage or money, success or fitness. The Bible says that the fear of God brings happiness.   And what does it mean to fear God? I like to think it is simply love on its knees. A  dad who fears God shows it by the way that he lives with integrity.

I Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Do you know the problem with many dads? They’re not content.  Dads, what do you want to be remembered for? The job you held? The yard you kept? The money you earned?. Wouldn’t you like them to say, “My dad feared God. My dad walked in the ways of God.” If not it is never too late to change those things and show your children how much you care for them out of your love for God.

5.  The Contribution That He Leaves     Look now at  vs. 4-6 — 4 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.

Oh what a blessing to see your children and grandchildren serving the Lord.  There is hope for you. Every child of God has a Father who loves them unconditionally and eternally. You can crawl up into His lap anytime, anywhere and get a hug. Take this truth from the Word of God and not only think on it, but hide it in your heart.

Psalm 128

1  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.

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