Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Psalm 127

1Unless 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.
2It 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.

3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5Blessed 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.

Questions to consider:

  • What does this passage teach you about the power of God?
  • What does this passage suggest about family?
  • What does this passage suggest about rest?
Possibilities for prayer:

It's a pretty intense statement to suggest that without God, labor is worthless and protection is not real. Let's take some time to evaluate the way in which we trust God with our lives...with our work, with our safety, etc. Ask that God would increase the faith that you have in God's power, and give you the humility to give credit where credit is due (God!).