Straight as an Arrow
Verse 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
Knowing that children are a blessing and reward we need to look a bit deeper into why they are a heritage God has rewarded us with. A warrior who is well set with ammunition is one that will have a slight edge over an ill-prepared soldier. In this verse the psalmist shows how the blessings of God prepare us for the future. While it may seem strange to think of children as weapons of war we will do well to think about what this songwriter could be saying.
First we must remember that this is a song being written to bring praise to the One they are preparing to worship, the God who has delivered them. They were not preparing for war but preparing to give God the glory He deserves. So what could he be trying to tell us with this imagery of weapons? We need to remember that weapons aren’t only for use in war, they have their place in survival too. We use them to hunt for food and to protect ourselves, our families and our possessions.
The fact that the spoken of item is an arrow is not an accident. It actually has two important features that make it the perfect choice for his point. An arrow has to have help to be useful and it isn’t meant for use close to the shooter, it isn’t a knife or sword which would be used for close-up.
Children also need help to go in the right direction. A child left to their own desires will get themselves into trouble quickly. But with the help of a purposeful launcher, they will go far and straight. We are to train them so that they will learn to live the straight and narrow way that Jesus taught so that when it is time to send them out into the world they will know how God wants them to live. While not a promise Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Remember this isn’t a promise but it is true more often than not.
Although we don’t like to think about it, we raise children not so they will remain close and stay in our control. These blessings are to be raised to be sent into the world to continue the work of the Kingdom, blessing others in the name of Jesus Christ. This will bring God glory for years to come.
Making It Personal
Why is important to have a clear vision for the children in your life? How can you help guide them in ways that are straight? What do you see as important information for the future generations?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is it important to listen to your mom and dad as they are trying to raise you to love Jesus? What have you learned from mom and dad about living for Jesus? In what ways would you like to live for Jesus when you are older?
Father, thank You for giving us a way to help build Your Kingdom for years to come. Give us wisdom in teaching the younger generations so that they seek You for the rest of their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.