Psalm 127, build, frustration, family


I enjoy building teams and building worship events. I love to put words together and make something come of it but without the Lord these things are just people rushing about, a bunch of songs strung together, and words on a page.

Psalm 127:1

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.

In a world that loves to influence and to have an impact on the lives of others, I find that if the Lord isn’t in it, we’re just doing stuff. We are just being busy to be busy doing something we think is of value. The first words of this psalm in Latin are, ‘Without the Lord, Frustration.’ Often when we are not in alignment with the Lord our regular rhythms are also out of line. We don’t eat well or sleep well. Our priorities are out of whack. What is the Lord building? If you continue in this psalm you find that it says in verse 3 that children are a heritage of the Lord. If the Lord is building a house, then He is building a home. He is blessing the man with a family. Is that the most important thing?

Father, unless you build it, its pointless. Help us Lord, to hear you clearly. Help us Lord, to follow your direction. If you aren’t in it, we will be frustrated by the process and the outcome. Lord build what you want to build. Build our homes and families. Watch over us Lord, lest we be without protection. How can man stand against anything without you alongside of him? Help us to follow your lead. To plant when its time to plant. Harvest when its time to harvest. Eat when its time to eat. Sleep when it is time to sleep. Grant us sweet rest because of your great love for us. Thank you Lord, for the children we have. Thank you for the grandchildren we have. Thank you for their laughter and love. Thank you for their excitement and joy. Help us to help guide them into your loving arms. That they may never be ashamed but rather be blessed as well by your presence and love.

Thanks for praying and listening,


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