Saturday, October 13, 2012

Introduction to Psalm 127 (Building Psalm 127:1a)

SPIRITUAL DIARY FOR 10/13/2012 9:30:22 AM


My Worship Time                                                               Focus:  Psalm 127 PT-1


Bible Reading & Meditation                                             Reference:  Psalm 27:1a


            Message of the verses:  In Today’s Spiritual Diary we will continue with our look at the book of Psalms by looking at Psalm 127.  We have been looking at the Book of Psalms since the 10th of December, 2011 and by God’s grace we will finish it before the end of 2012 as we now have twenty-four more psalms to look at including the one for today.  I have been trying to use some introductory commentary from different Bible commentators in order to better understand things about the psalms that we are looking at.  The book of Psalms is different than the other books of the Bible because each psalm is a story in itself which is unlike the other books of the Bible.  David wrote many of the psalms, and many of David’s psalms were written when he was on the run from Saul, so this gives more light to events that were sometimes recorded in other books of the Bible.  Other psalms were written about different events in the history of Israel by authors that we have no idea who wrote them, but one thing is for sure and that is the Holy Spirit of God has put all of these psalms in the hearts of those that He wanted to write them for the glory of God and also for the benefit of the Church Age.  “1 ¶  Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2  Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. 3  For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." 4  For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:1-4).” “6 ¶  Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 7  Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, "THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY." 8  Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9  Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10  Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11  Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1Cor. 10:6-11).”


“Title: A Song of Degrees for Solomon. It was meet that the builder of the holy house should be remembered by the pilgrims to its sacred shrine. The title probably indicates that David wrote it for his wise son, in whom he so greatly rejoiced, and whose name Jedidiah, or "beloved of the Lord," is introduced into the second verse. The spirit of his name, "Solomon, or peaceable," breathes through the whole of this most charming song. If Solomon himself was the author, it comes fitly from him who reared the house of the Lord. Observe how in each of these songs the heart is fixed upon Jehovah only.  Read the first verses of these Psalms, from Psalm 120 to the present song, and they run thus: "I cried unto the Lord," "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills," "Let us go unto the house of the Lord." "Unto thee will I lift up mine eyes," "If it had not been the Lord," "They that trust in the Lord."  "When the Lord turned again the captivity." The Lord and the Lord alone is thus lauded at each step of these songs of the ascents. O for a life whose every halting place shall suggest a new song unto the Lord!

“Subject”  God’s blessing on his people as their one great necessity and privilege is here spoken of. We are here taught that builders of houses and cities, systems and fortunes, empires and churches all labor in vain without the Lord; but under the divine favour they enjoy perfect rest. Sons, who are in the Hebrew called "builders," are set forth as building up families under the same divine blessing, to the great honour and happiness of their parents. It is THE BUILDER’S PSALM. "Every house is builded by some man, but he that built all things is God," and unto God be praise.”

(Charles H. Spurgeon)


“The author is Solomon (cf. Ecc 12:10), but the occasion is unknown.  The major message of God being central to the sovereign in life sounds much like portions of Solomon’s Ecclesiastes (cf. Ecc. 2:24, 25; 5:18-20; 7:13, 14; 9:1).  Psalms 112 and 128 also develop a strong message on the family.”  (The John MacArthur Study Bible)


“No amount of human sacrifice or toil can accomplish much unless God’s blessing is upon His people.  That is the major message of this psalm.  It is assigned to Solomon, who was both a builder and a father, but the message also seems to fit the post-exilic times of Nehemiah.  The population of Jerusalem was small and the people had to build and repair the buildings.  Houses were desperately needed for families or else the struggling Jewish nation had no future (Neh. 7:4).  Surrounded by numerous enemies, Jerusalem needed strong gates and walls and watchmen on the alert day and night (Neh. 4:9ff; 7:3).  Note that the psalm deals with the same elements Jeremiah wrote about in his letter to the Jewish exiles (Jer. 29:4-7).  But the psalm also speaks t us today and reminds us of some privileges we have as the people of God in a dangerous and demanding world.”  (Dr. Warren Wiersbe)


After reading over these different commentators and what they had to say it does remind me of the two verses that speak of the things that happened in the OT being for the benefit of those who read about them in the Church age.  I don’t often disagree with what Warren Wiersbe writes, but in this case, for what it may be worth, I believe that Solomon wrote this psalm and I also believe that this psalm could have been used by those who returned from exile as they began to rebuild the temple and other buildings that needed to be built.  I also agree with John MacArthur as he states that the psalm is about the family, and we who are a part of the family must realize that we need the help of the Lord in order to build a strong family that will bring honor and glory to the Lord.  Charles Spurgeon states that all things are built by the Lord, and in a sense that is true for God is the Creator of all of the things that man uses to build anything that is built.


Building (v. 1a)

“Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it.”

 As we go through the Scriptures we see a lot of building, but we also see a lot of destruction.  For example we see that the Lord Jesus Christ, before He began His public ministry, was a carpenter who built things.  While He was teaching and preaching to the people whom He came in contact with He was building in the lives of the men who would be used of Him to build the Church.  “"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”  This verse, Matthew 16:18 states that it is Jesus Christ who is building His Church.  We see in Romans 15:20 these words from the pen of the Apostle Paul, “20  And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation.” 

Now as far as destroying things Paul wrote of how dangerous it is to destroy the Church that is being built by the Lord when he wrote to the Corinthians “11 ¶  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13  each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14  If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15  If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

    “16 ¶  Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17  If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”

There is no more important thing to do than to build character into the members of your family, especially done through the Word of God, and in the Gospel of John we get some insight into how this is done when we read these words from our Lord, “’I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  I have been writing about this verse in my Spiritual Diaries off and on for some time now and this says to me that believers must stay connected to the Lord Jesus Chris who is the Vine and the way we do this is to stay in His Word so that the Holy Spirit can cause us to grow.  “1Pe 2:2  like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”  There is more than milk in the Word of God, but just as a new born baby can only begin to feed on milk in order to grow stronger and bigger in order to then feed on other foods, so we as believers need to grow on the milk of the word in order to move on to more of the “solid food” of the Word.  “12  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13  For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14  But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”  (Hebrews 5:12-14)


Spiritual meaning for my life today:  I desire to build my life on the Word of God as seen in the verse from John, and I also desire to help to build character into the lives of my grandchildren when given the opportunity.


My Steps of Faith for Today:  Remain or Abide in the Vine.


Memory verses for the week:  1Cor. 13:8-10


8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge it will be done away.  9 For we know in part and we prophecy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes the partial will be done away.


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