This is a really, REALLY cool Psalm. We need to pay attention to the massive message packed within its five verses. The psalm talks about trusting in God in all you do, and that it isn’t good to be a workaholic, to “rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors.” That would be message enough–too many of us are workaholics, putting in extra hours for various reasons (it’s how we’re wired, to pay the bills, etc.). God says slow down–He “gives to His beloved… sleep.” Rest is a gift from God. We shouldn’t wish for more hours in the day.
The psalmist, however, gives us a reason why we need to slow down: our children
The author says that, “…children are a gift of the Lord… like arrows int he had of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall now be ashamed when they speak with their enemies at the gate.” I know that I’ve been guilty of putting other things in front of time with my daughters. Work is hard, you want to chill out at the end of the day, and they’re clamoring for a little bit of your time. It’s easy to say, “Go play.” What we need to do is give them our time, to model what the Jesus looks like for them (and “church work” isn’t always what the Jesus life looks like).
Laura and I aren’t sure if our “quiver is full” yet. We had both of our girls in our mid-20’s. Now that we’re in our 30’s, we know that we’re roughly half way through our “reproductive prime.” We may have more. We may look into adoption. We’re not sure yet. But I do know that we’re absolutely wild about our girls. They’re creative, brilliant, beautiful, funny, strong-willed, and they’re learning to love Jesus. They really are a gift to us from God.
So take a day off as you can and spend it with your family. You don’t have to spend a ton of coin–they just want time with you. It’s one of the best investmentments you can make. Let’s maximize on that investment, because if we succeed in our business or in our church but fail as parents and spouses, then we really aren’t successful. To me, I will have failed as a parent if my girls don’t learn to love Jesus. So I’m working hard to model Him for them.