Each new year is met with some sort of soul searching. Everybody does it in some form or fashion. Whether it’s evaluating your walk with God, pondering your endless commitment to weight loss, or the need to spend more time with your family, I don’t think there’s a person out there that doesn’t make some sort of commitment (you may call it a resolution) in the new year. I do the same. This morning God was still working on my thoughts, my priorities, and making me consider what’s important.
Most people think I like Psalm 127 because of the kid thing. True. But for just a moment, look past the “quiver” talk and see what God is saying about priorities. About life and work and family.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127
“Unless the Lord builds the house…” God first. That’s it. No debate. No arguing. No substitutes. Whatever you do, do His will. Put Him in charge. Seek Him and His will, trust Him with the rest. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to labor in vain.
Verse 2. I love verse 2. Why? Because it hits me right between the eyes. We work, work, work, work, work – especially in America – for things we do not need and leave the people who need us the most (and who we need the most) and our God behind. Now, don’t get me wrong, God loves those who work for their keep. Paul said that if a man won’t work, he shouldn’t eat (2 Thess. 3:10,12). But there is a limit to what we need. After that, we are working or excess. Provide for your family, then enjoy them. ‘Nough said.
Verses 3 – 5. Now the quiver talk. Your children. Your family. Your friends. They are a gift from God and they are a ministry to God. Seek to honor Him in your relationships. Invest in them. Build new ones. Reestablish old ones. If you have a spouse and kids, then they are your number one earthly priority.
So, to sum this up, the old “spiritual life priority sermon” rings true to scripture:
Then take it from there. No matter what, seek God in all you do.