Bible Background Psalm 127, a wisdom psalm and the eighth song of ascent, is one of only two psalms attributed to Solomon, the other is Ps. 72. The structure of the poem is: (1) an exhortation about the vanity of an endeavor in which the Lord is not active, (2) a celebration of the value of an endeavor in which the Lord is glorified.
Bible Reading “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:1,2)
Questions 1. Have you ever been called a “workaholic”?
2. What kind of work does Solomon renounce? What do those who rely on their own efforts have to do to have a meaningful life?
3. How might God be helping you to build your business? Family? Support system?
4. The Jews always took off one day a week to celebrate the Sabbath (a day of rest and devotion to God). Would our world be richer or poorer if it were to celebrate such a practice?
Thought for the Day Castleward, a stately home, was built in the 1760s about thirty miles from Belfast, Ireland. The original owners of the house were Bernard Ward, the first Viscount of Bangor, and his wife, Lady Anne. One of the most striking features of the house is its two styles of architecture. The rear of the house is built in Gothic style, while the front is neoclassical. It’s built that way because Bernard and Lady Anne could not agree on one style. Not only did they differ in their architectural preferences; they apparently had other differences, because Lady Anne eventually walked out of the marriage. Depending on your point of view, the house is either a celebration of diversity or a monument to stubbornness. —Alan Wilson What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden? Answer: Your mother ate us out of house and home!
Closing Prayer Dear God, you are the solid foundation in any home. May we trust in you to keep us and make us secure in an uncertain and changing world. Amen.