A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. 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. 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. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 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.Psalm 127:1-5
I’ve been meditating on this psalm all week. I’ll be honest with you, I wanted to skip this one. I mean, who am I, a mother-of-none, to expound on a psalm that is more than half about children?
But God wouldn’t let it go. In fact, He reminded me of a few things. And so, here I am, fumbling around for the right words. Perhaps in my weakness, you’ll find that a few of the words will bless and inspire you. That’s always my prayer.
You see, as God often reminds me, His ways are not our ways. He doesn’t always see things the way we do. Our view, especially our cultural view, is often at odds with God’s purpose and plan.
And that’s really what Psalm 127 is all about. It’s a warning about putting your confidence in worldly cares, rather than depending upon God.
The house you build, whether it’s your family, your business, your relationships, none will prosper without the Lord. Oh, they may appear to prosper, but without the Lord, all these things are just white-washed tombs. Pretty on the outside, but dead inside.
This world is becoming an increasingly scary place. It’s natural to want to “set a watchman” to guard our borders, to guard our homes and families. But the truth is, without God’s protection, nothing we do will ultimately protect us.
The Lord is better than an army of sleepless guards.
However, it’s equally important to note that the Psalmist doesn’t tell the builder to stop building, or suggest that the watchman neglect his duty. God expects us to do all we can with what we have been given. The point here is not to trust in what we do, but rather to trust in the Lord.
I really do love verses 3-5! The family unit, as God planned it, is a beautiful picture of His love and care for us and the church. Children should be viewed as a blessing, not a burden. The more children, the more trials? Perhaps. But when these are met with faith, JOY multiplies.
For what are you working or striving? if not for the future – the children. Who will help you in your later years? Your children will be there to protect and provide for you.
As with all good things the Lord has given us, the enemy has worked hard to pervert and destroy it. It was a common belief in biblical times, and some still believe today, that being barren is a curse or evidence of God’s displeasure.
Let me stress, this is man’s view – not God’s. Examine the scriptures for yourself. You will see that the barren women in the bible were greatly loved, and greatly used by God.
The enemy has done a pretty good job of tearing apart families in this country. I don’t need to cite the statistics for you, the evidence is all around us. We have trusted in the things of this world, rather than God, and we are reaping the reward.
But we are never without hope. God is on our side, and the victory is already won. With Jesus, we have victory over fear, victory over broken relationships, and victory over sin!
Go forth in the strength of His mighty love and power today.