“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table.” (Psalm 128:1-3)
When you meditate on these verses in Psalm 128 that describe the role and function of a wife and mother, you can paraphrase them this way: a mother is a man-maker. She is like a fruitful vine in the very heart of her husband’s home. To borrow a metaphor from the very beginning of the Bible, she is a completer whose passion is to see that her husband becomes all that His Creator designed him to be.
She is a people-maker because she gives him children who are like fruitful plants around his table. Many people would like to put a period after the fourth word of this psalm and say that everyone is blessed or happy, but that is not the way the psalm reads. The blessing on this man comes because he meets conditions: He walks in the ways of God.
The other verses of the psalm tell us this is how God blesses and impacts the world. He finds a blessed man, joins him to a blessed woman, and gives them blessed children. They impact Zion- which is the spiritual community- and then this family unit fruitfully impacts the city and the country.
A mother is at the heart of this great strategy of God. As such she is also a home-maker and a memory-maker. What a great and noble calling!
Rise up and call your mother blessed this Sunday!
Dick Woodward, (07 May 2011)