Psalm 127:1-2, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Looking at these verses we might what to stop and ask ourselves some questions. What are things we take credit for doing? What has the Lord accomplished? How much time do we spend in gratitude to the Lord for all He has done in our lives?
This psalm makes us aware that building a house, raising a family, trying to keep our part of the world safe and secure, striving to put food on the table, apart from the Lord is useless effort. God is the One who builds the family. He is the One who provides safety and rest. He is the One who makes our crops grow. All of it, from children, to security, to food on our table, comes from His hand.
The Psalm continues, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5
Our blessings are all from God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Lord, I am so grateful for every good and perfect gift. It is all from You.