Unless the Lord Builds the House (Psalm 127)

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Solomon wrote this song of Ascents and began the psalm with a declaration of the foundation of family.  The Lord must build the house for it to be secure.  He also gives individuals a reason to not worry.  The Lord gives men and women the ability to trust Him and sleep well at night.  He goes on to discuss the value of children, calling them a heritage from the Lord, and arrows in the hand of a warrior.  Men should be happy if they have a quiver full of children.  Families with children have no need to be ashamed.

This psalm gives the reader a proper understanding of how to build a family on the Lord and His truth.  Make sure that every move and every decision reflects the truths of God’s word.  He is the only legitimate foundation for any marriage.  The psalm also shows the value of children to a family.  Children are not a nuisance, not a bother, but rather a blessing and an extension of a family’s mission.  Lord, forgive us for abortion, for the morning-after pill, for devaluing children through neglect or abuse.  God help us to build families your way and to stand up for the unborn, the helpless, the innocent, and the forgotten.  Value family and life above ambition and wealth.  God will help you and show you the way!

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