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Psalm 127 - Building Our Family Of God

Andy Yung

Psalm 127 NIV

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 vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.

Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Vs. 1

The Psalmist reminded us that unless God is involved in the things that we do, “the builders labor in vain.” We can work hard to build our lives, toil hard to build our family, and they’ll all be useless. Jesus said the same in Matthew 7:24,“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Prayer and walking in obedience with God should therefore form the foundation of our family. We must have God in a relationship with us and our family. If we trust God who watches over us, there is no need for us to “stand watch in vain”. God has a plan for us and He will fulfil his promises. The sleepless nights of anxiety would be in vain, if God isn’t watching over us.

Vs. 2

We do all that we do in vain. We “rise early and stay up late”, clocking many hours and working overtime, “toiling for food to eat”. We are troubled by sleepless nights despite all of our tiring work, as we worry about the vagaries of life. But God “grants sleep to those He loves”. He can remove our worries and fears. This verse aptly describes my struggle, for I’ve had sleepless nights because of worries that weigh very heavily on me. Our anxieties make it difficult for us to rest, but God can remove them.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 ESV)

Vs. 3-4

The children that we have “are a heritage from the Lord”; they are “a reward from Him”. How do we take care of a heritage, and how much more if this heritage is from God? God expects us to protect our children, love them and invest in them.

If we believe our children are God’s heritage, shouldn’t we then bring them up in God’s way, instead of our way? Many of us parents invest so much money and energy on our children’s education but neglect spending time with them and raising them up on spiritual values. This is an upward call for me to invest on building spiritual values in my children. The Psalmist described children like “arrows”; isn’t it true that they will be launched into the world whether we like it or not?

Vs. 5

Our children “will not be put to shame” when they grow up and “contend with their opponents” in the world. They will be ready and well equipped for they will face them God’s way. This is the blessing we can provide them as parents, and ultimately this will be the blessing from our Father in Heaven.

Andy Yung

Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.

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