Many people go through trials and tribulations in their lives because their faith and knowledge of God is limited. In their minds and hearts God is able to do some things but not others. It seems that God is a good specialist, but not the all-powerful being.
Sometimes we think that God can take care of some areas of our lives, but He is incapable of managing other areas. That kind of vision can cripple our Christian walk, because it will force us to find answers and help somewhere else than God.
Psalm 127 helps us in a simple and poetic way to see what God is capable to do for those who love Him. In our last message we saw that He edifies and builds up. Today we will see two more things for which we can count on Him in our journey.
2 – GUARD – The second action is guarding, protecting. The psalmist says, “ “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”
You can buy the best security system available on the market. You can have dogs, cameras, a security guard, etc. But in the end the Lord is the one that has to guard your house and your city, all the money and people will be in vain.
Most of the time we put our trust in things and in people and forget to involve God in the process. God must be our first and main source of protection; the other things are good, but our faith and confidence must be in God Himself.
I am not saying that we should not be aware when we walk on the street at night, or lock our cars and houses. The idea is that those attitudes without the work of God are not enough.
3 – SUSTAIN – The third action of God in our life is sustaining, nourishing. The psalmist says, “ In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat–for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
How many hours and days we work hard to put food on the table for our family? Some of us are struggling very hard to find a job, or to find a better job to support his/her family. Because of that we cannot find time for God, church, and spiritual life. We are so busy trying to provide for our own family, that we neglect the most important things.
It is important for us to understand that God does not want us to be lazy. He wants us to have our priorities in the right place. God makes clear here in this text that working hard with wrong motivations and intentions will not give you what you are looking for. God will give to His beloved ones while they sleep, or as our translation states, “for he grants sleep to those he loves.” He grants rest for those who trust in Him.
My friend, do not forget that God loves you and if you trust in Him He will guard you and sustain you in your journey.
Have a blessed week,