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  • Psalm One Hundred Twenty Seven

    A psalm of Solomon

    If the Lord does not build the house,
    the workman's efforts are in vain.
    If the Lord does not watch over the city,
    A mighty army cannot protect it.

    You rise early, work hard, stay up late, and worry,
    and that is all vanity, for your life is not your own.
    The Lord's blessing is sleep, peaceful sleep,
    without God's blessing, it is all vanity.

    Children are the source of immortality.
    They are the true blessings of God.
    They are your wealth and your legacy,
    for a man with many children is blessed.

    When he is gone, his children will remember his teachings,
    they will serve God as he served God, they will rise to fight against evil.

    Wisdom as Praise

    This is clearly Solomon speaking, and like the Proverbs, this psalm appears at first glance to cover two distinct topics. Or does it?

    This is particularly true in the King James version of the Bible. The translators in 1611 used two distinct tempos and rhythms, so they appear as two parts of the whole, one devoted to the need to remember God in all things, one praising children. But if you read it carefully, he is speaking about the family throughout the psalm.

    Foundations are the most important resource of family. The popularity of should be proof of that in itself. To know your source is fundamental to knowing yourself. And when your source is God, a timeless, every present, all powerful deity whose worship is passed down from generation to generation, you have a very solid foundation indeed.

    Human beings are flawed. If you dig far enough into any man or woman's background, you will find mistakes. Some are larger than others, some are more evident than others, but they are there. How we deal with those mistakes, and how we incorporate the successes of our ancestors is what makes up the foundations of who we are.

    To build a family with God is to build a family with hope, devotion, loyalty, honor, and integrity as its guiding principles. To build a family without God is to create a legacy of fear, isolation, and despair.

    Are you a careful builder? Have you built your house on solid rock?

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