Psalms 128 is a Psalms of blessing. Verses 2-8 talk about the wonderful blessings that are provided by the Lord for His people. However there is one simple tweak/condition mentioned in verse 1, which is indeed the key to receive all those blessings.
The condition or the tweak is really simple but sadly not many of us actually do it. The Lord wants us to “Look up unto Him“.
That sounds too simple, right? But how many of us actually do it?
Our Lord doesn’t expect anything big of tricky from us. He just wants us, our people, to seek Him, to put our hope wholeheartedly on Him.
Moreover, without looking up unto Him we won’t be able to receive the blessings, since our Lord is the source of all the possible blessings we could think of.
Normally the natural thing we’d do at the time of crises is to run to other people for help. We seek the help of our worldly friends and neighbors. Rather, if we seek unto the Lord and Him alone, we can easily receive help from Him.
Let’s take the example of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:3). Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. However he had an obstacle. No – no one else stopped him from seeing the Lord nor did anyone caused any trouble to him in his way to see the Lord.
He had this obstacle within him – he was too short to be able to see the Lord. But since he had that desire and longing to see the Lord, he himself overcame the desire and climbed up on a sycamore-fig tree.
He did his best to look up unto the Lord. Zacchaeus was not an ordinary man. He was a chief tax collector. He did not mind that the others would mock him if he climbed on a tree.
Once he did that, Jesus saw Zacchaeus, He called Him and gave Him salvation. If Zacchaeus did not take the effort to overcome the obstacle (that he is short) and if he had not climbed on the tree to look up on the Lord, the Lord would not have seen Zacchaues and he would not have received salvation.
As we read in Isaiah 31:1, it is highly important that we seek the Lord for help and that we do not rely on our worldly strengths, money or other kind of worldly help. The Lord also expects the same from us and even more, He is bit annoyed to know if we run to the others for help (may be that’s the Lord’s possessiveness on His people?!).
As we read in Psalms 26:1, if we trust in the Lord we will not be faltered.