Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Unless the Lord

May 27: 1 Chronicles 26-29 & Psalm 127


And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.
1 Chronicles 29:10b-18

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord

The reign of King David has come to an end. What are his parting words to His people? What advice does he leave for those who are to follow after him?

In Psalm 127 David says it all with the simple phrase, Unless the Lord. From 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, we read this final prayer of David.

11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Who is speaking these words? Is not this David? From 1 Chronicles 29:28a we read: Then he died at a good age, full of days, riches, and honor. He had it all! Yet, his final praise is not to his glory, but to the glory of God. He would not have had any of the days, riches, and honor unless the Lord had granted it to him.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:1-2


Where have you put your trust? We waste so much of our lives seeking to acquire wealth and honor; nothing is more important than our advancements in our careers. We would do well to heed the advice from King David; Unless the Lord builds the house, [we] labor in vain.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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