Father: The Leader of the Band
Take God's Word now and look at it, Psalm one hundred and twenty-eight. Now just keep that in mind and let me tell you that when Mary Magdalene came to the empty tomb that Easter morning, she saw someone. It was the Lord Jesus. And she didn't know it was Jesus, at first she thought perhaps it was the gardener. And then He spoke to her, she recognized Him and said, "Rabboni," Or, or Master. And she ran to Him. And Jesus said to her, and you'll find all of this by the way in John chapter twenty, but just keep you Bible right there in the book of Psalms. And she ran to Him, reached out to touch Him and He said to her. Now Mary, don't touch me. I have not yet ascended to my Father, and your Father. Now I'm going to use that just as a spring board on this Easter morning, to talk to you about fathers. Right in the middle of the Easter message, God spoke to Mary Magdalene, out of whom had been cast seven demons. I wonder if she had ever known a father's love. And Jesus said, Mary, my father and your father.
What a premium, the Bible places on fatherhood. And we begin this morning, a brand new series of sermons and messages that will go for four Sundays on The Music of Marriage. And today, the title of the message is, Father: the Leader of the Band. H, h, father is the leader of the band.
There's to be harmony in the home, there's to be music and the lilt of laughter, there is to be lullabies and melodies and the entire home is to be a symphony of praise. But I want to tell you, my dear friend, that the father is the leader of the band. I want us to read here what Psalm one hundred and twenty-eight has to say about fatherhood.
"Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel."
Indeed, Dad is the leader of the band. Now fellows, listen to me. It is difficult to be a good man, even more difficult to be a good husband. But most difficult of all, and I think you would agree, is to be a good Dad. And yet, most important of all is to be a good Dad. May I tell you, that this Psalm tells you how you can be a good dad and a happy dad? Notice how it begins, blessed. Do you see that? Do you see the word blessed? The word blessed there in the Hebrew language is in the plural. It literally means, and and I guess that our best translation of the word blessed would be happy. And it's double. What He's talking to you about is how to have double joy. Blessed, blessed. Hap ...
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