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Psalm 127


• A man went to a psychiatrist with a worry problem.

• “Every time I get into bed,” he said, “I’m convinced there is somebody under it”.

• “I can help”, said the psychiatrist,

• “But it will mean a session a week for a year, costing £30 per visit”.

• The man never returned,

• So when the psychiatrist met him in the street he asked why he hadn’t come back.

• “Oh, a friend cured me for nothing,” he explained.

• “How did he do that?” asked the psychiatrist.

• “He simply told me to cut the legs off the bed!”

• Replied the man.

Psalm 127;

• Also gives simple practical advice for some key areas of our lives.

Psalm 127:

• Is an ancient song with a modern message;

• It deals with the practical themes of:

• Home-making (verse 1).

• Security (verse 1).

• Work (verse 2).

• Having a family (verse 3-5).


• If you are Scottish, you might recognise the words from verse 1,

• It is the motto of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland,

• It appears on the crest,

• And is affixed to the city’s official documents.

• In Latin it says; ‘Nisi Dominus frustra’,

• Which means; “Without the Lord it is in vain”.

That motto or that expression is the main point of this Psalm.

• The Psalm divides up into three parts;

• Three activities are mentioned; building, protection, and raising a family.

And this Psalm clearly teaches that:

• Unless God blesses these activities with his presence and help,

• Then no matter how we view success and failure.

• The simple fact is this;

• According to Psalm 127 all our efforts will have been in vain.

(1). Building without the Lord (verses 1-2).

Unless the LORD builds the house,

its builders labor in vain.

Unless the LORD watches over the city,

the watchmen stand guard 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.

• To the people who first received this Psalm:

• The things mentioned carried immediate meaning.

• Building a house,

• Keeping watch over a city,

• Toiling for food.

• Were all essential tasks.

• The idea that these things could have been done in vain,

• Would have come as quite a shock to the readers of this psalm.

• So to its original readers Solomon’s words have a cutting edge:

• That would have arrested the attention of the reader.

• But Solomon’s words are not old hat, out of date,

• They still have important principles that apply to all our lives.

The first activity mentioned is:

(a). Constructing a house.

Building a house was a common activity:

• Which required a considerable effort &cost,

• So imagine investing time and energy only to find out that it was all is pointless.

• How depressing and disappointing to have invested time & money, to have done your best,

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