The Blessing of the Lord
A Solomonic song of ascents.
1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain.
2 In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food—
yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.
3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
children, a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them.
Such men will never be put to shame
when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.
Some of My thoughts
So when we ask ourself: How come we don’t see results, how come they still attack and conquer, how come there is still lack? The legal, obvious question would be: Who is Building Your House? Who watches over The City?
For me, mainly what this Psalms does is making clear who is in charge of what. Who is first and what is our response. What do we do without the understanding that He builds and watches.
Now, as I did work in the building area many years, I know that it is not the Architect who physical builds but still, it is the Architect who gets the credit for the “building”! The building here is talking about the blueprints, the design, the creating before the visible part! And of course, He has a blueprint concerning our safety and our city.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
It seems that everything around us is crumbling down. Our insights on God and church and destiny. Our worldview and the safety we had for years. The peace we thought we had in the west and the turmoil that is happening all over. The values of our faith even questioned by those who are wearing the same name-tag: Christian.
We see that we elevated the “all these things” into the main objective, the focus point of everyday life. And through it we moved ourself from Kingdom perspective into the VAIN EFFORT business. This is where the hopelessness is entering the scene (church) and where desperate people no longer have a clue about what is going on.
Now this is where the “sons” are coming in. The mature result of understanding What and Who is first and as a result, the Warrior is equipped and the Quiver is loaded. This is why we will not be put to shame when we pull the maturity of our offspring into the gate and the enemy knows that this is a lost fight for him!
Romans 8:19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.
Last note: Please don’t go into the word sifting of ‘sons’ and so on! You can easily mis the point!
A quiver is a container for arrows, bolts, or darts. Quivers can be attached in various positions on an archer’s body, the bow, or the ground, depending on the type of shooting and the archer’s personal preference. Quivers were traditionally made of leather, wood, furs, and other natural materials, but are now often made of metal or plastic.