Psalms on the Journey
Right now Randy and I are in the middle of remodeling our home…by ourselves. All our belongings are stacked high in the living room while we paint bedrooms and closets. We are also waiting on carpet to arrive. Nothing can be on the floor where carpet will be laid. No, we are not laying the carpet ourselves, we will leave that to the professionals. Unless professionals lay the carpet we will stay in a mess. Mm, “if God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.” I need this psalm today!
If you walked into our home, you would think of the latest episode of the hoarders. I’m typing this from a small section of the dining room table that I carved out of the mess for my laptop, coffee cup and Bible. When I look at all this stuff we have accumulated over the years and acquired from generations past that I have not let go of, I am reminded that I am loved, cared for deeply and have been spoiled with blessings from the One who loves me most. “If I could only see me through God’s eyes”…I would be even more confident of His love, (A new song I heard yesterday that blessed me greatly.)
Psalm 127 reminds me of that song I heard on the radio while driving to work yesterday. Solomon reminds us how much God loves and cares for us. This pilgrim song also reminds us that if God isn’t in it, it not worth having. Whew, I need to get rid of some stuff. Let’s read…
Psalm 127, The Message
A Pilgrim Song of Solomon
1-2 If God doesn’t build the house,
the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn’t guard the city,
the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves?
3-5 Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
Do you see how much God loves us? His protection trumps our worries. He loves us enough to give us rest and helps us to pace ourselves. He ENJOYS us! What?! Yes! He even delights in all the details of our lives! How much more do we need? He even sent His Son to save us, you know. That’s not just a story for Easter, it’s our lifesong!
As parents, He loves and blesses us with a legacy to carry on His love and blessings to us, for us and through us. May we help our kids and their kids know how much God really loves them. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Seriously. Believe it when He says, “For God so loved the world that…He sent His One and Only Son to save us.” We are redeemed! We are the “so loved”!
So look above your mess to the mesmerizing love of God!
In Jesus Name, Because He lives and loves, Amen. I believe!