The Bricks and Mortar

Psalm 127:3-5

If a relationship with God is the foundation of a home (Psalm 127:1–2), the children are the bricks and mortar. Wise King Solomon continues his celebration of the strong home with a focus on the value of children.

Children Born within the Home

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3–5)

The songwriter grabs our attention with “Behold!” He says, in effect, “Pay attention . . . listen up!” These three verses take us a step further as they address the coming of children into the home, and the parents’ proper attitude toward them.

Notice three titles the songwriter gives to children: (1) “gift,” (2) “reward,” and (3) “arrows.” Each one calls for some analysis.

The term “gift” is a translation of the Hebrew word that means “property, possession, that which is shared or assigned.” Children are the Lord’s possessions. Children belong to Him; He graciously assigns to or shares with parents. Now this third verse doesn’t say “some children” or even “most children,” but simply “children,” implying all children . . . your children! There is no such thing as an “accidental birth” or a “surprise pregnancy” from God’s viewpoint. And wise are the parents who acknowledge the fact that their child is a personal gift from God. If you and I truly believe that each child is “assigned” by God, what a difference it can make with the child we may not have planned!

The word “reward” conveys the idea of pleasure, something given as a tangible proof of appreciation. Children are never to be viewed as punishment for God’s displeasure—quite the contrary! The fruit of the womb is a token of God’s love, His choice reward.

The word “arrow” is equally meaningful. You’ll notice that the word picture is that of a warrior with arrows in his hand. Imagine the scene. A warrior in battle doesn’t stop to make his arrows, nor does he ignore them. He uses them. He directs them toward a target. A parent is responsible for the direction of his children. A child, like an arrow, is incapable of directing himself. It is the basic responsibility of parents to direct the early lives of their children. This makes a great deal of sense when you consider that a child is born in a state of depravity and inner sinfulness. You must stop here and read Psalm 51:5 along with Psalm 58:3. Both verses verify that children are born in a state of iniquity. Solomon’s saying in Proverbs 22:15 underscores this fact: “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Children need parental authority.

What happens when a child isn’t given direction? Proverbs 29:15 responds, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.” On the other hand, look at Proverbs 22:6 for a moment:

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

God gives us children with a delegated responsibility to care for what He treasures most in the universe: people. Each child, therefore, is to be cherished as a gift, prized as a reward, and directed like an arrow.

Each one of our children is to be cherished as a gift, prized as a reward, and directed like an arrow.

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Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., 2012). Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved. Used by permission.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.