Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- The future and strength of a family built on God’s principles.
Laboring and Prospering with the Lord
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Psalm 127:1 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.
- The house must be built on the rock.
- By “house” it means one’s family.
- Unless one builds his family God’s way, the results are like sand which runs through a man’s hand.
- It is God who keeps the family, the society, and the government safe.
If a man’s house is his castle, built with walls of stone and a moat with a drawbridge to protect his family inside, why would a man invite his enemies inside his castle? Pornography is a Trojan Horse that will destroy a man’s castle.
Psalm 127:2 It is vain (useless) for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep (rest).
- It is impossible for man to control his environment. When men trust in God, God gives them rest.
- It is like the Sabbath. When men rest God does their work for them even as God gave the Hebrews manna in the middle of the wilderness.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
- The protection of his children is man’s future.
Psalm 127:4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
“The children of one’s youth” mean those children are now grown and are adults. The family unit of Jacob has become a nation. There is great power in a nation who trusts in God.
Psalm 127:5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
- Abortion is building a family of ghosts.
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
There is protection within the walls of one’s family. The walls protected by God cannot be penetrated by the enemy.
“A society cannot thrive when the family unit is broken” ~ Barbara Grover