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Children Are an Heritage of the Lord (Psalm 127:3)

Introductory Thoughts

Far too often, the world views children as a burden. In fact, some parents of larger families have been questioned for their strange or foolish behaviour in birthing so many children into the world. God, however, views children differently from that of the world. To the Lord, children are a blessing. They are a reward given by God (Psalm 127:3) and are “as arrows in the hand of a mighty man” (Psalm 127:4). Today, couples are made to feel ashamed for having larger families, but the scriptures teach otherwise. Instead of shame for having children, the Bible says, “Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:5). Not only would this man experience personal happiness, but he would gain such respect that he could “speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:5).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Psalm 128 says a man that fears the Lord will be happy. He will be blessed with lots of children. In Psalm 128:3, a fruitful vine is one that grows much fruit and olive plants have many branches. Jesus loved children (Mark 10:13-16).
  • (For everyone): Has God allowed you to have any children? If so, how do you view those children? Would they perceive that you view them as a blessing or as a burden?
  • Take some time to do a Bible study and see how many large families you can find. What are some things these families have in common? How did those families perceive children?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for the children in your life.
  • Ask God to give you a proper perspective on children.