God the Builder

Psalm 127

We know psalms to be prayers and praise. As such, some people might not think of Psalm 127 as worship. What does living and working in vain have to do with our worship of God? Well, if God is worthy, that means submitting to God is worth the effort.

Submission stands in contrast to how many Christians try to live. Many times, we want to make our own lives and follow our own dreams. There are countless quotes people share all the time with that kind of encouragement. 

Many of us wait for things to not work out the way we had hoped before we begin to ask God, What do I do?

No one wants to waste their lives. No one wants to look back on who and what they’ve been and think it meant nothing. Life it too precious a gift. Thankfully, our faith tells us the way we keep that from happening is to let God be the builder. 

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain (Psalm 127:1)” is a statement of praise. It reminds us that in Christ, “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). It means that God is our life. It’s an acknowledgement that God is the master builder. We are not.

It’s those times we forget that fact that we carry on in vain. 

So, what does it mean to let God build? That’s a faithful question to ask. A wise one, in fact. After all, “Wisdom has built herself a house” (Proverbs 9:1). Proverbs also teaches us the beginning of wisdom is fearing God (Proverbs 9:10). 

Of course, we know the answer already. We know of the importance of worship, prayer, reflecting on the Bible and sharing in the life of God’s people. We know that’s how God speaks to us and guides us. Those are part of God’s building plan. When we carry on with our lives and make those things secondary, that’s when we don’t let God build.

Now, you can trust God won’t let you waste your life. Just let God build!

Stay blessed…john

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