Friday, May 27, 2011

Psalm 127

Children are God's Heritage

Psalm 127 is a psalm for families, and also known as the "Builder's Psalm."

Spurgeon notes that here we are taught that builders of houses and cities, systems and fortunes, empires and churches all labour in vain without the Lord; but under the divine favour they enjoy perfect rest.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it.
~ Ps. 127:1
My Bible notes:  Efforts to develop a family or community apart from God will lead nowhere.

Come, let us build ourselves a city,
and a tower whose top is in the heavens.
~ Gen. 11:4

Remember the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel:  in vain the people toiled for the Lord's face was against them.  God intervened to prevent the builders of Babel from partaking of the power an glory that belongs only to Him. 

Without God, we are nothing.  Much can be done by man; he can both labour and watch; but without the Lord he has accomplished nothing, and his wakefulness has not warded off evil.
~ Spurgeon
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.
~ Ps. 127:3

John Howard Hinton's daughter said to him as she knelt by his death bed:—"There is no greater blessing than for children to have godly parents." "And the next", said the dying father, with a beam of gratitude, "for parents to have godly children."—Memoir in Baptist Handbook, 1875.

Sons (children), who are in the Hebrew called "builders", are set forth as building up families under the same divine blessing, to the great honour and happiness of their parents. ~ Spurgeon

  • Without God, we are nothing - our toil is in vain
  • Children are a heritage from the Lord
  • I praise God that He comes alongside His children with His divine favor and blessing
  • I bless God and praise Him for the children He has given to me!
     I beseech You, O Lord, to bless those I love.  Minister to them as I would, could I be by their side, and better than I could because Your thoughts and ways are so much more tender and helpful than mine could be.  Keep them safe beneath Your wing.  Amen and amen!  ~ F. B. Meyer

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