Bible Reading Blog — Psalm 127

23 Mar

Today is the final entry in my Bible journal online. I have shared this with you this week just to give you a feel of what you might do to make your Bible reading more meaningful. Really thinking about biblical truth and prayerfully walking in light of that truth is an essential aspect of spiritual formation. If we are to be disciples of Jesus, taking in biblical truth and being transformed by it will be central to the task. Here is our last reading from Psalm 127 . . .

127 Unless 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.
It 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.

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

Journal:  The imagery of verse one is powerful. There is real laboring and real watching on the part of people, but unless God is in an under all of it, empowering it, it is all in vain. How often do I fail to consider God’s work? How often to I fail to go to Him asking for strength to be faithful in the work? If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God (James).

Vanity in vv. 1&2 brings me back to Ecclesiastes (meaningless, meaningless).

It is not wrong to rise early of stay up late, Jesus did both. But it is wrong to do these things in anxious toil. When your work, your earning, becomes anxious toil, it is a bad sign for your soul. I have been having a hard time with this very thing lately because of the state of our church in a time of much suffering. In addition, several fine families have moved away recently. That is hard. I wonder about the future of the church. And lo and behold I have been experiencing something in the last few months I have never experienced . . . poor sleep. I have been waking up in the middle of the night. This verse hits me . . . “He gives his beloved sleep.” Not to say if a person has sleep problems they don’t trust God but for me it is important.

God is sovereign over my house, my work and my children. Good biblical picture of children as a gift. I am hesitant to endorse the idea of the “quiverfull” movement, that we should have as many children as we can. I can see a biblical argument against birth control but put it in the category of disputable matters from Romans 14. But the idea that I am not doing right if I don’t have as many children as possible is something I can’t see in Scripture. “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth” is a command to a healthy population rate but I do not believe it must be carried to an extreme by every family. On the other hand, many times in our culture we do not see the value of children or put economic stability and mobility over the value of children. There is a place for responsibility (be hesitant to have more children than you can care for) but there is also a time when we need to take a careful look at our priorities (are we chasing money and forgetting people?). These are issues Christian couples need to think through carefully and I believe they are also ideas with which we must be gracious with others.

Lord, you told me to come to you, learn of you and find rest for my soul. I am anxious about so many things but one thing is needful. Set me on the path of rest in my labor and building and in my family. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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