Psalm 127: We Need God

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by: Denise Robinson

09/14/2020

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Today's psalm is a reminder that all of our human efforts amount to nothing without God's blessing. This psalm considers the need for God's blessing in four areas of life: building a house (a family), guarding a city, working long hours, and having children. The basic message: unless God is in it, it will amount to nothing. While the Hebrew word that is used is translated as "son," the word is one which encompasses sons and daughters.


Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons and daughters of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.  (Ps. 127)


We all have priorities in life. For many people, they come down to two: work and family. But even if those aren't your two, we all make decisions about what is important to how we live our lives. The question this psalm asks us to consider: is God an integral part of your life? When making decisions, do you include God, invite God's guidance and participation? Or are you making decisions on your own without consulting God? There's a short saying which carries truth: "Little is much when God is in it." 


Prayer: God, help us to remember that we need you in our lives. We too often try to do things on our own and we only think of you after we've made a mess of it or find ourselves in a situation we can't control. Help us to think of you first and to seek your will and guidance before we speak or act. Amen.

Today's psalm is a reminder that all of our human efforts amount to nothing without God's blessing. This psalm considers the need for God's blessing in four areas of life: building a house (a family), guarding a city, working long hours, and having children. The basic message: unless God is in it, it will amount to nothing. While the Hebrew word that is used is translated as "son," the word is one which encompasses sons and daughters.


Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons and daughters of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.  (Ps. 127)


We all have priorities in life. For many people, they come down to two: work and family. But even if those aren't your two, we all make decisions about what is important to how we live our lives. The question this psalm asks us to consider: is God an integral part of your life? When making decisions, do you include God, invite God's guidance and participation? Or are you making decisions on your own without consulting God? There's a short saying which carries truth: "Little is much when God is in it." 


Prayer: God, help us to remember that we need you in our lives. We too often try to do things on our own and we only think of you after we've made a mess of it or find ourselves in a situation we can't control. Help us to think of you first and to seek your will and guidance before we speak or act. Amen.

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