I’ve read Psalm 127… you probably have, too.
I’ve always taken… Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain… to mean, “no worries mate, she’ll be right”—God has the house covered—I just dream and speak it, and I get the house with the white picket fence before I know it.
Then… the last few weeks a different take has been rolling around in my head like the water jug on the passenger’s floorboard.
The gridlock—the explanation of… my brothers and sisters in Christ that are getting kicked out of their homes… their lands… losing their life… refusing to deny Christ—we treat the subject like… the black sheep of the family to be locked in the back room. Did their eyes fall heavy with slumber taking them to siesta time when they came across Psalm 127—they’ve just missed God’s blessing—the blessing of Abraham?
Further… few like to discuss… Who through faith… others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise (Hebrews 11)…*
What was the promise they were looking for?
This brings me back to Psalm 127:
1Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed,but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127
In context of my latest writings… The Family Fortune… Unnaturally Cheap… is this a description of the hope Abraham, and the “others”, were looking for… By faith Abraham… looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10)?
There is also talk going around of… In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2)… And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:2).
Maybe, the guy—who some think wrote Psalm 127—who could see the future… For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved (Acts 2:25)… had something different on his mind than we generally do on ours.
King David might’ve been thinking—we can toil to build our houses… cities… empires, but… if that’s all dreams amount to, all we’ve got is … “dirt”—we hope and live in vain. Why? Because, the house the Lord builds that will stand is the… many mansions… and ditto for the city the Lord watches… the holy city, new Jerusalem.
Our thoughts of the chapter tend to be for the “now”—no sorrows… sweet sleep… having kids… making a respectable show at the gate.
- We don’t like sorrow… who does? Doesn’t God want to isolate us from sorrow?
- We’ll do anything for the kids… they’re our pride and joy.
- When E.F Hutton spoke… we listened—we can’t wait for money men to finish uttering their words as… the world’s sages. We clamor for the next book… seminar… consultant—to learn the ways of the rich—the world’s champions. We want the respect of our adversaries at the gates of the public stage… and to teach our kids to have the same—to make us look good in the future.
I don’t know… maybe David’s words were totally about life in the here and now. But, not all’s lost on the “poor” wise man… he’s still wise… even if the world’s long forgotten him—they never respected him to begin with… he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man (Ecclesiastes 9:15).
Maybe, what I wrote about in The Family Fortune—becoming the Wife of the Lamb of God… the nations… the future generations… isn’t just wild speculation. David foresaw… he left us with Psalm 127.
Furthermore, not all is lost either on the… others had trial of… they’re mentioned as examples of faith worthy of note and study—not to be hushed in the back room. NFL players ogle their Hall of Fame greats… Rock n’ Roll stars theirs… PRCA cowboys theirs… NAA auctioneers theirs—it’s not a strange concept.
It could be… our brethren suffering like the… others had trial of… may be better off than we think they are—they could be richer than the one seeking to make their mark on the world’s bed post.
Even Abraham—a man of riches—was reaching forward. Was he hoping for what David may have expressed in Psalm 127?
- “The mighty man with a quiver full of arrows”—a future when… so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered… (Genesis 13:16).
- Abraham’s sleep was right for him… not too early… not too late… Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years (Genesis 25:8).
- Abraham sleeps well—he doesn’t… eat the bread of sorrows—God has given… his beloved sleep… Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom… now he [Lazarus] is comforted… there is a great gulf fixed… neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence (Luke 16:23,25,26).
- Abraham sleeps with the hope of… a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10).
Abraham, and the “others”, sang out like the boll weevil in the “Boll Weevil Song”—
“We gotta have a home, gotta have a home…
We’re looking for a home…
Searchin’ for a home, I’d have me plenty of homes…
I’m gonna stake me a home, gotta have a home”…
[they] died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (Hebrews 11:13).
And… the world regards Abraham… the others… the co-heirs… with the same contempt the farmer had for the boll weevil…
“Yeah, I wish that you were in ****…
Lookin’ for home, lookin’ for a home…
You’d have a home, real hot home”…
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) (Hebrews 11:38)… because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you (John 15:19).
But, the world doesn’t get the last word—if the Lord tarries and we’ve… fallen asleep in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:18)… we’ll be with Him while we wait to partake of the… marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9)—we become the Wife of Jesus Christ… the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven (Revelation 21:2).
Once the Wife… the Lord will watch over His Bride… our gates… And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27)… For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie (Revelation 22:15).
And, just maybe… we’ll see that quiver of arrows… he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations (Revelation 2:26).
Arrows (the nations—the future generations) we’re not ashamed of… the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it [that great city, the holy Jerusalem—the Bride of Christ] (Revelation 21:24).
Arrows we’ve had an influence on… Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river… her leaf shall be green… neither shall cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8)…
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine (Ezekiel 47:12)…
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:1-2).
The status today doesn’t matter—the poor… rich… married… single… barren… young… old… those with short length of, or compromised, days… have hope to experience…
With all this being said… I may not be in left field by suggesting that Psalm 127 could be talking about… life as the Wife of the Lamb of God. But, then again, I might be—I’ve been out there in the sun too long. And, like the boll weevil… the heat makes me thirsty—I’m thinking of… the water jug rolling around on the passenger’s floorboard… “looking for a home… gotta have a home”.
*All scripture phrases in italics are King James Version.