Today's psalm is a "Song of Ascent." What does that mean? It was one of the songs sung by travelers on their way to Jerusalem usually for one or more of the three yearly feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles). The message of the psalm is that one can never be happy until he or she is truly walking with God.
Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! (Ps. 128)
To "fear" God is to revere or worship God and to obey God. To be "happy" is to have joy in life and to experience God's blessing and peace (shalom). This psalm is a reminder that when we walk in God's ways, we will be happy, our lives will be blessed, and we will be at peace. Are you happy? Do you feel blessed? Are you walking with God?
Prayer: God, we want and seek your peace and your blessing. Help us to walk in your ways rather than our own. Help us to worship you rather than the things this world has to offer. Help us to love as you love, to offer grace as you offer grace, and to forgive others as you forgive us. Amen.