May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.
May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.
May Israel have peace!
Psalm 128:5-6 reminds us of something that doesn’t come naturally to the 21st Century western Christian, that the Jewish and Christian faith is communal in orientation. Much of our lives are lived from an individual perspective. In this final blessing of this Psalm, the author associates the prosperity of the individual with that of Jerusalem. The Psalmist makes this connection because the people of Isreal understood their faith was communal. In the same way, our faith is expressed in our relationship with others. The Christian faith is not a private region. When we try to be faithful to God only in individual ways, we are only experiencing half of the fullness of God’s love made real in our lives. We are not alone and we were never supposed to be.
How can you better live out your faith communally this week?