Psalm 127 KJV
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:…
How many LIKE building something only to find out that you did it wrong? This Psalm was written by Solomon. He was inspired by God when he wrote these words, yet, if you look at the end of his life you will find that… His building, both literal and figurative, became reckless (1 Kings 9:10). His Kingdom became a ruin (1 Kings 11:11), and His marriages became a disastrous denial of God (1 Kings 11:1). This is because Solomon ignored his own words. He stopped depending on God; He stopped seeking God’s face alone in all he did. He let other gods and other concerns come between him and the Lord.
One of the most important features of this Psalm is that it addresses three of the most important of human concerns: accomplishment, security, and family. This Psalm forces you to examine these areas and recognize the One who is in control of all three. In addition, this Psalm speaks of your need for utter reliance and trust in God. And in that, you must remain humble.
Have you ever begun something incorrectly and then found you had to start over to make it right?
– In cooking, if you don’t have the right base ingredients, you have to start over.
– On a journey, if you go in the wrong direction, you miss your destination.
– In building a house, if you don’t build properly, your house will not stand.
In whatever you do, before you begin it, you must first think about what you want to accomplish and then begin carefully and thoughtfully. The same is true, of course, for the Christian. You must build your lives (in all areas) with God, because of God, and for God.
Man is a builder. He builds houses, boats, computers, airplanes, televisions, damns, hospitals, industries, roads, satellites, cars, rockets, and much more. It is in his nature to build, after all, Man is made in the image of God, and God built the universe. So, we build. There are two ways for you to build: You can build being dependent upon God, or you can build being independent of God.
The first involves humility, the second involves pride. If what you build, if what you accomplish is not for the Lord, if it is not for His glory, if it is not by prayer and supplication given to Him, then it is in vain. Then it is really for your own glory and comfort. It is useless and it will burn up like twigs in a raging fire on the day of judgment.
When man builds apart from God, he is building with a prideful heart, and the Lord will tear it down. God says, “They may build, but I will tear down…” (Malachi 1:4). Ultimately, building without God will bring you to frustration, sadness, hopelessness, and discouragement.
There is a great example of building without God, of vain effort. Look at the tower of Babel.
Genesis 11:4-5, 8 says, “And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built… 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.”
The people of the Tower of Babel were full of pride. They did not build in humility and dependence upon God. They sought their own will, not the will of God. They built-in vain. The Tower of Babel is a warning to you to be sure to build according to God’s will and word. But, how do you build so that it is God who has built it?
Notice the structure of the verse. God builds…and you build. You both build. You work with God to accomplish. Raising children is a good example of this. How do you build so you do not build in vain? You acknowledge that God is the true builder of all things and that you can only do what you can by His grace. You acknowledge your utter dependence upon Him. You must pray and bathe all that you do in seeking God’s will and blessing. You remain humble before Him and seek Him.
There really are only two kinds of foundations: a godly one and an ungodly one. On which do you build?
Are you basing everything you do on the cross of Christ? On God’s grace? Do you depend on God? Do you seek His will? Do you work and accomplish for His glory, or Do you only occasionally consider God in your work? Do you only occasionally lift up your occupation to Him? You are either dependent upon God, or you are not. You are either humble before God, or you are not. Do not be lukewarm. Be hot or cold.
Both you and God can build, can work, can accomplish in life, whatever it might be whether at work or at home or in your very heart (where God works miracles). But for the Lord to build the house, it means…
- To trust God,
- To be patient,
- To yield to His will and His timing.
God is the True Builder. In John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Ultimately, the house that we build will not stand. The house that the Lord builds will stand forever. In humility, seek God in all you do. Seek His will. Give to Him your work, your security, your family… and He will bless you.
Scripture of the day: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ~ Matthew 6:33 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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