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1 Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house

2 Psalm 127 Wisdom Psalm A Song of Ascents Psalms are the Songs of Ascents Also: Pilgrim Songs, Songs of Degrees or Gradual Psalms So named because the pilgrim Israelites sang them as they traveled from their homes all over the land and ascended Mt. Zion/Jerusalem (2600) for the annual feasts (Lev. 23)

3 Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents – found in all 15 Expresses the confidence & hope of worshippers Meant to provide travel inspiration David wrote at least 4 (122, 124, 131, 133) 10 are anonymous Solomon wrote Psalm 127

4 The Songs of Ascents Jerusalem (Zion): Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem (122:2) Peace (shalom): Peace be upon Israel (125:5; 128:6) Gods protection: Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain (127:1) The blessing of children: Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table (128:3)

5 The Festivals in Zion The Festivals in Zion The Hebrew Calendar (Leviticus 23): #1 Passover (Spring) Feast of Unleavened Bread & Firstfruits #2 Feast of Weeks (Early Summer) Pentecost; Shabouth #3 Feast of Trumpets (Fall) Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Feast of Tabernacles/Booths

6 The Songs of Ascents I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD. Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. Psalm 122:1-2

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15 Psalm 127 Solomon as songwriter He wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs He wrote Psalms 72 & 127 He wrote Song of Songs/Song of Solomon Solomon terms in Psalm 127 include: Building the house (temple) Beloved (his other name = Jedediah) Vain (Ecclesiastes)

16 Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. 1 Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. 3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. 5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

17 Psalm 127 Outline Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). The Lords provision of children ensures happy security of the family (3-5).

18 Psalm 127 Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). 1 Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. Key phrase: Unless the Lord We participate but God causes results Vain = empty, futile; pointless; false purpose Parallel terms: build/labor & guards/keeps awake

19 Psalm 127 Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Vain governs the 3 infinitive clauses (to ____) Early/Late imagery = to try to make the day longer

20 Psalm 127 Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Eat the bread of painful sorrows = sorrowful anxiety & stress produced the bread Point: A long, industrious day is not wrong. But if done through anxiety and stress, in a life of fear and worry without the Lord, then it is futile and dishonors the Lord.

21 Psalm 127 Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. For He gives… serves as a contrast to the other way of life just describedthe vain life. What does He give? (2 views): A) Provision (while sleeping) B) Sleep itself (and our rest in His provision)

22 Psalm 127 Outline Building a family is meaningless without the divine intervention of the Lord (1-2). The Lords provision of children ensures happy security of the family (3-5).

23 Psalm 127 The Lords provision of children ensures happy security of the family (3-5). 3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward. Gift = inheritance (portion, possession, heritage) Blessing & trust extended to the heir (parents) Reward = common OT term for wage; pay POINT: The Hebrews saw children as the greatest blessing and enrichment God could give to their lives.

24 Psalm 127 The Lords provision of children ensures happy security of the family (3-5). 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. 5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate. Arrows = weapons & words Defend and care for the familys well-being Blessed = asher (the enjoyment of righteousness)

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