God's Plan for the Man

Psalm 128:1-6

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Psalm 128:1-6

Adrian Rogers says, “You can be born a male, but it takes maturity to be a man.”

Perhaps the most difficult, yet rewarding, role a man could ever commit to is being a good husband and father. The Lord develops godly men through His Word, and Psalm 128 exemplifies God’s plan for the man.

A godly man is first meant to be faithful in his walk with the Lord.

Psalm 128:4 says, “Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.” Men are a picture of God in their homes, as we view God as our Heavenly Father. Though we will inevitably make mistakes, we can be godly fathers by remaining faithful to God and to our families.

Second, a godly man is known for his fruitful work.

“When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you” (Psalm 128:2). God’s plan for the man is to provide for his family. Man is also designed to protect his wife and children, physically and emotionally. “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 128:3).

He is also considered the pastor of the home.

As the wife is the vine, a wise husband understands it is his job to cultivate his wife’s love and needs, so she may meet the needs of their children.

Finally, a godly man is known for his worship and future wealth.

“The Lord bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Yes, may you see your children’s children” (Psalm 128:5-6). If the husband and father establishes a home rooted in a love for God, he is very wealthy in what matters.

Adrian Rogers says, “Children don’t make a rich man poor; they make a poor man rich. The rich man can’t take his money to Heaven, but I’m taking my kids to Heaven.”

As fathers, we have an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of our children, and our children’s children.

Apply it to your life

Are you leading your family to know God—loving your wife and leading your children on the path of righteousness? Consider your walk, work, worship, and future wealth today.