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Summary: Psalm 127. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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• It is visited each year by thousands of people,

• It is one of the great tourist attractions in the world,

• It stands 179 feet tall and is a work of beauty,

• The problem is the architect built it on 10 feet of foundations.

• The leaning tower of Pisa,

• Is externally impressive but was a disaster waiting to happen!

• And it has only survived to this day,

• Thanks to the knowledge and skill of many different experts.

This Psalm reminds us that no matter how impressive your home may or may not look:

• In the end only one thing matters,

• How good are your foundations?


• Strangest greeting ever was when I spoke at Sholing Baptist Church ladies meeting.

• Lady stamped on the floor, looked me in the eye and said “Good foundations”.

• Apparently the Church had been rebuilt several times over the years;

• But the foundations were the original ones, 100’s of years old.


One of the best known stories Jesus told involved a building project.

• Jesus himself taught us in the parable of the wise & foolish builders,

• Build your life, marriage, build you future, build your…………. on good foundations.

• Those foundations are Jesus and his teaching;

• To ignore either is to build, to have all your efforts in vain!

(B). Guarding a city (verse 1).

“Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain”.

• In Old Testament times watchmen were stationed on city walls and hill tops,

• Their job was to be look-outs, to warn the people of any possible enemies attack.

• They played a vital role in defending a city,

• They were key people in protecting the people from danger.

• But there ability to defend a city was limited.

• Even if they played their part well, the city could still be conquered.


• The Great Wall of China is the only man made structure that can be seen on the moon .

• It is 3,460 kilometres long and was built over a period of 2,000 years.

• It was built so high that nobody could climb over it,

• And so thick that nobody could break it down.

• Yet during the first 100 years of the walls existence,

• China was invaded three times.

• Not once did the enemy break down the wall or climb over it,

• Each time their enemies bribed the gatekeeper and they just marched on through.

These verses:

• Point out the folly of guarding, or trying to protect a city in our own strength alone,

• The folly of just relying on our own abilities & resources to get the job done.

This Psalm says there is a better way to protect a city, to protect a family, to protect a marriage:

• Not self-confidence and not self-reliance,

• It is folly to merely depend on our own gifts and talents.

• But instead the psalmist tells us to trust and depend on the Lord.

• He (The Lord) must be the ultimate source of our security.

If he is not than everything that's done will be "In vain":

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