Toiling in Vain – Psalms 127

Working hard - Toiling in Vain - Psalms 127This psalm, Psalm 127, is entitled “for Solomon.” King David is writing this advice to his son, Solomon:

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Now, as you may recall, Solomon turned out to be very wealthy. As a matter of fact, if you remember the passage in Chronicles where God says He would give Solomon “riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there be any after thee have the like.” (see 2 Chron. 1:12).

So, if anybody had the excuse to rely upon themselves for anything, you’ think Solomon would get a pass. But King David’s words are wise. Unless God has built it, it is completely in vain.

What are you building? A family? A career? A business? Is god doing the building or are you? Built upon the shifting sands of anything but God, your efforts are destined to fail. I believe this goes for believers and non-believers alike.

Sure, there are successful businesses out there that have survived and flourished. Yet, what’s the point? To make one man wealthy? What worth is that when he dies?

If you want to build something with a lasting legacy – with a purpose in this world, look to God to build it. Ask Him what He would have you do with the talents He’s given you.

grace & peace,


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