Psalm 127 – All Is In Vain Without God

So many people live their lives without giving God a second thought. They work, they play, they eat, they build, they buy and sell, all without ever thinking about their Creator. There are even those who deny that our Creator even exists. I love this Psalm because it is a wonderful reminder that without God all that we do is in vain and a waste of time. But when God is in the midst of even the most mundane of tasks, then those tasks give Him glory.

It also reminds me that even good works done without God are useless. Good works that are done for the sake of earning your salvation will not fulfill that purpose. Only good works that are done out of appreciation for the love and grace of Jesus as revealed on the cross are worthwhile.

Psalm 127

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.

 1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
      the work of the builders is wasted.
   Unless the Lord protects a city,
      guarding it with sentries will do no good.
 2 It is useless for you to work so hard
      from early morning until late at night,
   anxiously working for food to eat;
      for God gives rest to his loved ones.

 3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
      they are a reward from him.
 4 Children born to a young man
      are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
 5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
      He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

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6 responses to “Psalm 127 – All Is In Vain Without God

  1. “Only good works that are done out of appreciation for the love and grace of Jesus as revealed on the cross are worthwhile.”

    What a great reminder! This was a great post. 🙂

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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  2. I love your testimony, Ann! 🙂
    Linda . . .there is so much in this Psalm. It makes me sad to see us so concerned about making money, making a living . . .and yet I understand. Somehow it seems we just have gotten things so twisted . . .have developed a society so apart from Him.
    The end of this Psalm shows us God’s heart, what’s important to Him. 🙂 God bless you and thank you for our Psalm today!

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  3. Ann

    Thanks, Linda 🙂

    “2 It is useless for you to work so hard
    from early morning until late at night,
    anxiously working for food to eat;
    for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
    This verse makes me smile. I used to work long, long hours that would drain the life out of me. I would be out at the crack of dawn and return at nights. God gave me deliverance and for that I am totally grateful! I don’t work those hours anymore and still He provides for us – enough and to share! How amazing is that?!
    I am learning to truly rest in Him. 😉

    Blessings and thanks again for sharing.

    Trusting,
    ann

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