Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Only the Lord - Psalm 126 (127)

PSALM 126 (127)
A song of ascents.

         Except the Lord build the house,
they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city,
he that keepeth it watcheth but in vain.
         It is vain for you to rise up early;
ye rise up after resting,
ye that eat the bread of sorrow,
         While He hath given his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord,
the reward of the fruit of the womb.
         As arrows in the hands of a mighty man,
so are the children of the outcast.
         Happy is the man that shall satisfy his desire with them;
they shall not be ashamed when they shall speak
with their enemies in the gate.

Living on the road with his family, the Psalmist has the opportunity to really be with them, and to think about their safety in a way that he didn’t have to back at home. He is learning that he cannot be their primary source of security, but they are one of God’s primary gifts to him.

Only the Lord can bless a home
He gives children as his reward
He gives us sleep and strength to work
Over us all he is our guard

As arrows in a mighty hand
Are our children, his blessed gift
Happy the man with quiver filled
Their speech in his defense is swift

So do not labour homes to build
Without God's grace and providence
Do not lose sleep by worrying
Trust in the Lord as your defense

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