Psalms of Ascents: Psalm 127

The Psalms of Ascent are a set of fifteen psalms that were traditionally sung as priests entered the temple, and Jews journeyed to the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover Festival. They offer hope, encouragement, and peace in a time of uncertainty. Today we will read and discuss Psalm 127, the eighth psalm in the psalms of ascents.

Psalm 127 is the first one written by Solomon, and speaks to us about how important it is to keep God at the center of all we do. God will bless our work, our families, and even our rest when we work in partnership with Him.

Psalm 127

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
 
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
 
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

Verses 1-2: Keep God in our work and we can trust Him in our rest.

We are participants in God’s plan. Working is good; hard work is good; but we work in vain if we don’t allow God to lead us in our work. 

Our society has glorified the hustle, and being busy has become a badge of honor. Let Psalm 127 be a challenge for you to use this season as a time to slow down and listen to God, and accept the rest He has provided.

Verses 3-5: God should be at the center of our families.

Our children are rewards from the Lord, and we to guide them in the way in which they should go. Just as a warrior points his arrow at a target, we point our children along the right path. Once we release them, they are on their own.

By keeping God at the center of our families, we are better able to direct our children along paths of righteousness. 

Each day, from March 23-April 6, 2020, I will be live on Instagram reading and discussing each of the fifteen psalms of ascents. I want to encourage you to join me.

Also, take a moment each day for your own study. Write the psalms (they’re all relatively short), and dig into God’s Word. That is where we will find peace.

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The Psalms of Ascent are a set of fifteen psalms that were traditionally sung as priests entered the temple, and Jews journeyed to the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover Festival. They offer hope, encouragement, and peace in a time of uncertainty. Today we will read and discuss Psalm 127, the eighth psalm in the psalms of ascents.

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