Psalm 127: Master Builder

What might be wrong with the modern concept of success depending on planning our work and working our plan?

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Psalm 127:1 A song of worship by Solomon.
Unless God is the planner and directs the construction, building a house is a waste of time, energy, and money.
If the Lord isn’t watching over us, our attempts to keep ourselves safe will be in vain.
King James
Psalm 127:1 <A Song of degrees for Solomon.> Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

How reliable is the insurance people purchase to protect themselves from loss?

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Psalm 127:1 A song of worship by Solomon.
Unless God is the planner and directs the construction, building a house is a waste of time, energy, and money.
If the Lord isn’t watching over us, our attempts to keep ourselves safe will be in vain.
King James
Psalm 127:1 <A Song of degrees for Solomon.> Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

How can we be sure the Lord is watching over us and will keep us safe?

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Psalm 127:1 A song of worship by Solomon.
Unless God is the planner and directs the construction, building a house is a waste of time, energy, and money.
If the Lord isn’t watching over us, our attempts to keep ourselves safe will be in vain.
King James
Psalm 127:1 <A Song of degrees for Solomon.> Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Which is better, to save for a rainy day or enjoy today even more? Why?

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Psalm 127:2 It’s useless to work day and night for so much pain, for the Lord gives his beloved rest.
King James
Psalm 127:2 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.

If children are gifts from the Lord, why don’t some people want them?

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Psalm 127:3 Children are gifts from the Lord. Labor pains have a great reward.
King James
Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

How do parents benefit from having children?

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Psalm 127:4–5 A young man’s children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior. Men with a full quiver are blessed, boasting of their joys before their enemies at the city gates.
King James
Psalm 127:4–5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 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.

What makes children a disappointment to their parents?

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Psalm 127:4–5 A young man’s children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior. Men with a full quiver are blessed, boasting of their joys before their enemies at the city gates.
King James
Psalm 127:4–5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 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.