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Psalm 124 [Read]
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Psalm 126 [Read]
Psalm 127 [Read]
Corinthians 7:1-24 [Read]
Psalm 127 is often cited by Christians. We cite verse 1 to exhort others to rely on the Lord instead of our own strength, and we use verse 3 to remind ourselves about the preciousness of our children. However, we seldom think about the connection between these two verses.
The fact is that, in Hebrew, the word for “house” also means “household”. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Jos 24:15, ESV). The house is not just a physical building for dwelling, but it also represents the collective entity of all who live in that building. Therefore, when the psalmist talks about building a house and guarding a city, he likely have in mind the household God put under his care. Within such context, we may better understand why he suddenly switches to his children in the second half of this psalm.
Parents build their house by raising their children, and they guard their home by keeping watch for their offspring (127:1). They toil all day to provide for their family (127:2). However, all these could be in vain if they simply rely on their own strength and knowledge. All their provision to their family can go down the drain really quickly with a phone call in the middle of the night, and all the luxury gifts they bought for their children can vanish with a rebellious act. Then, they learn how blessed it is for a person to be able to sleep peacefully through the night (127:2). A well taught child is indeed the greatest blessing for his parents, just like a man with his quiver full of sharpened arrows (127:4, 5).
Chinese parents in the US tend to emphasize greatly on their children’s education. We buy houses in the best school district, and we fill our children’s schedule with all kinds of after school activities. Intellectually, our next generation is well equipped to excel in the society. However, relatively little effort is spent on their character building curriculum, and even less is spent on instilling a godly value system into their young heart. As a result, we see many smart but spoiled children controlling the family schedule and parents’ lives. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain”. Give your children the best gift of their life by letting the Lord build your house today.
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