Bible Message notes: Psalm 127:1-2
In the first two verses of this Psalm we have three very common human activities; building a house, watching over a city, and producing food.
The writer uses those very human activities as a basis for the thesis that whatever you work at, and however you hard that work is UNLESS God is in it all it is not worth the effort.
Human beings have an amazing appetite for building things. We build not only houses but reputations, networks of relationships and systems of organisation. Building is symbolic of purpose. Psalm 127 was written by King Solomon. 2 Chronicles 8 lists the buildings Solomon designed and had built.. 2 Chronicles 3:6 “Whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and through the territory he ruled, he built.” It was under Solomon that the nation of Israel became of age as a nation. He consolidated the monarchy, fortified the army and sorted out the infrastructure. He was a nation builder.
Yet Solomon got busy building a nation and his reputation that he neglected his relationship with God. Under the influence of his many foreign wives he began to worship idols and became increasingly disillusioned with life. (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
Solomon’s problem was not that he wasn’t a skilled builder. It wasn’t that he built badly it was that much of what he built didn’t matter. The Salvation Army has built a world-wide network of churches and ministries, a reputation as people, who do good works. The SA has built an efficient structure of organisation. As well as asking “Have we built well? “ we must as what we are building matter?
The answer is that unless what we are building matters to God then however good what we build looks it is pointless. So this begs the question what is it that matters to God?
In Matthew 7:24 Jesus said “Whoever hear these words of mine and puts them into practice is like wise man who built his house on the rock.” Jesus had only three years of earthly ministry so when he spent time teaching he spoke about what really mattered to him. And Jesus says we are to use what he said as the basis for anything we seek to build. There was one thing that Jesus talked about in almost every block of teaching. It was the kingdom of God, the rule and reign of God. What is the priority of life? Jesus put it simply, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”