Today’s Psalm was written by the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon. And true to form, his words of wisdom speak volumes in Psalm 127:1, Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen guard in vain. Accomplishments in this life mean nothing unless they come from the Lord and are done for His glory. With few exceptions, most of our accomplishments will be forgotten within a few generations of our passing. Wouldn’t it be better to accomplish things that have meaning for eternity?
It’s hard to imagine how a burned down forest is restored in just a few short years. God’s ability to restore is beyond our ability to comprehend. In Psalm 126:5-6 the Psalmist paints a picture of a farmer sowing seeds with faith they will turn into a harvest, 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. If we have faith, we know God can turn even the greatest sorrows in our lives back into joy if we allow Him to restore us. Remember: God’s harvest of joy will come because He has the ability to fully restore us if we let Him.
When we have repented and turned our way from evil, wisdom should tell us to walk away from temptation that can lead us back into sin. Psalm 125:3 says, The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Once we have entered into righteousness, let us be smart enough to stay away from the triggers reminding us of our sin and the things that could lead us back into sin. We should be diligent to ask God for his protection from temptation and the strength to stay away. Let us fill out time, hearts, and desire with the things that please God and have an impact on the eternal.
There is no problem which is too big for God. If He is the creator of all things, then our problems are not too big for him. David says in Psalm 124:8, Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. God knows the way out of your circumstances. He is able to guide you through it. In the previous verse, David compared this to God’s ability to guide a bird through the escape of a fowler’s snare. We just need to trust Him and obey His guidance and we will make it through.
The Psalmist gives us a great example of looking in the right direction when we need help; up! Psalm 123:1 says, I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. When the world seems to be closing in around you, remember to look up to heaven for God’s guidance, leadership, and love.
There is no greater brother or sister in Christ than the one who chooses to worship and grow in their relationship with God along side you. In Psalm 122:1, the author David says, I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” When we worship God, it can be a chore or it can be fulfilling and even fun. When we worship in community with others and grow closer to God in the process, we are more likely to find delight in worshipping Him. Ultimately, our attitude towards God will determine our attitude in worshipping Him and how we build community with other believers.
When we are at our lowest point, it’s easy to wonder where God is. Psalm 121:1-2 says, 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. If we believe God created the heavens and the earth, then we must remember God is with us no matter the circumstances. Nothing is too big that God can not fix it.
There are few things in life that are certain. One thing we can count on with certainty is that God is with us always and He always answers us when we call. Sometimes His answer is no or wait, but He never ignores us. Psalm 120:1 says, I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Our comfort comes from knowing God is always with us. When we feel the most alone, it is comforting to know God is there.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It is a beautiful Psalm whether you break it into small chunks or take the time to read it all the way through. The major theme of the Psalm is to remind us God’s word is wonderful and true. If we remain obedient to God we have the ability to achieve real happiness. Psalm 119:1-2 begins with 1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. If we remember the Bible is the only real source of truth, we will find everything we need to live a pure life. Everything else is opinion and ways people find to justify their sinful choices. Don’t be fooled.
If we truly know God is with us always, we should never walk in fear. Psalm 118:6 says, The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The first part of this verse states the obvious. But the last sentence shows us the practicality of what the author is saying. What can man do to me? It’s an honest question with an obvious answer: Nothing if God doesn’t allow it. And if God allows it, it is to fulfill His perfect plan, which He chose to include me in! What a privilege and honor it is to be included in God’s plan. Let us not take that lightly.