Unless The Lord Builds A House

Psalm 127 Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

My son turned 21 a few months ago. There have been may “houses” built, much staying awake and rising early. Oh, not just for my son, but for my three daughters as well.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary states that Psalm 127 was written by David for Solomon. David directs Solomon to look up to God and depend on Him. Without dependence on God’s provisions all our wisdom, care and hard work will go to waste.

Looking back I can recall investing wisdom, care and hard work in our children. (No doubt there is much more to go!) Some of it while depending on God, yet other efforts were all on my own. Truthfully, the success or failure of my efforts were not always known right away so effort spent on my own was not immediately recognized as the waste it was. But as time has ticked on it became very apparent that Psalm 127 is indeed true! Unless the Lord build the house those who labor, labor in vain. As a parent, make sure your efforts are worthwhile.

Proverbs 3: 5,6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

May God’s grace and peace be with you,
Mark Strohm, Jr.

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