Meditating on Psalm 127.
Psalm 127 looks like a proverb to me divided into two parts. The first is a teaching about God’s will and favor; the second is about children as blessings from Him.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain. (v. 1)
We need to understand that, without God’s blessing (approval), whatever we set out to do will hardly be successful. We will be laboring against all odds. It will seem that no matter how hard we strive, the troubles never end and we only find frustration and weariness. If God is not with us, it will almost be impossible to win our battles. Living outside the will of God will not bring us the results we desire, and even if it will, almost always we encounter difficulties that perplex us and joy is not present.
This is true in building our homes. Without the Lord at the center of them, we encounter all kinds of heartbreaking problems and they persist no matter how much we try to make it work. This is the main reason why homes implode and families break apart. It is the Lord who holds and guides our lives. It is He who holds our homes and families together through thick and thin. The Lord Jesus Christ must be the very foundation of the home for it to stand strong and grow to be a haven for the family and a light to others.
Behold, children are a heritage from 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 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them… (vv. 3-5)
Psalm 127 likens children as arrows in the hand of a warrior. I am blessed to have “two arrows” in my quiver. I realized just these recent years how important is the ministry of motherhood. In the early years of mothering, when I only had Hannah, all I wanted to give were good things in life: beautiful home, pretty clothes, fun toys, good school, wonderful vacations, trips to the shops, making art, and other things that we can enjoy doing together. When I fell ill, it saddened me a lot not to be able to do those things with her.
But there is a more important thing mothers should be doing: teaching their children about the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. In this ultra-modern age, it has become crucial to diligently raise our children in the way of the Lord: Praying with them, reading the Bible together and discussing (family devotion), teaching them through life using the Bible as guide, and exemplifying these valuable teachings.
Psalm 127 says that “children are a heritage from the Lord”. Our ministry towards our children is as important as the Lord’s commission to go and make disciples of men. We make disciples of our own children. We must raise strong, healthy, polished “arrows” and prepare them for a life that honors and serves God faithfully and fervently.
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