A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. 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. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:1-5)
Who Is Building Your House
The psalm is simple in its perfect message: Building a home without God is foolish. But so often that is exactly what is done. Our lives become so intertwined with the pursuit of work, recreation and self-interest that God is not the center of the home. We go to church on Sunday and Wednesday but that becomes nothing more than a prosthetic we remove on Monday morning and God is seldom seen in the home. Without God as the center of our homes we build foolishly.
Homes should be filled with the praise of God. Children are a heritage from the Lord. The Hebrew word suggests something inherited. Those little people are special because God loaned them to us to nurture and grow in Him. Parents are given the task of molding their hearts under His care. The family should be built upon singing songs of praise to God in the home. Daily prayers with the children teach them to talk to God daily. Bible study around the table fortifies the faith of their hearts in the Lord. Sharing their life with the word of God is building a home that is glorifying Jesus Christ.
So many parents try to give their children everything but the one thing they need: God. Hectic schedules forbid eating meals together and the result is a dysfunctional home of passers-by in the day and night. School work is required to be completed so children get good grades in school and Bible class lessons are barely scratched at leaving their souls failing. Recreation with electronic devices and emphasis upon excelling in sports drives the passions of many homes while learning about the old stories of holy writ vanquish in obscurity.
Here is the lesson of the psalm: if God is not the center of the home the home is rotten to its core. Without God the work of the home is vanity. The home will only stand when the Lord is the rock of its foundation. Otherwise the home is built on the sand of passing time and great will be its fall.
One of the most important pieces of furniture for the home is the family altar. (Selected)