Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds a house, those who build it labor in vain. If the Lord does not guard the city, the watchman stands guard in vain.
This verse challenges us with a massive life question. Do you build your life, your future – or does the Lord? The answer is: “Both”. Should you be on guard against the evil intentions of this world or should you rest in the Lord? The answer is yes AND yes. The image given to us in this verse isn’t “we build and God blesses”, rather that “we build and guard while God builds and guards – the same structure, at the same time.” It isn’t a wrestling match; it’s a partnership.
Perhaps the first key to engaging Psalms 127:1 is confident humility: confidence that God has given us abilities and permission to “build and guard”, humility to understand that, without His power, nothing we do will ultimately succeed. A second key necessary for this partnership to work is dialogue. This includes prayer, God’s word, and honest conversations with other believers. Are we willing to ask if we are building the house the way He wants it built?
There are rare occasions when God seems to challenge someone to make a 180 and follow a new path, but the real challenge is to do what we do in active partnership with God. The sum of one’s life isn’t the stress, the bills, the joy, the work, and the fears. You are His workmanship. As you live, work, guard, and build, God wants to create the very likeness of Jesus in you.
Don’t be afraid that you are missing God’s plan, but start believing that God desires to give deep significance to your life, this day. What are His goals? How does God want this structure to be built? Those are exciting questions. The awesome news is that we do not have to build and guard on our own. And in true partnership with Him, we do not have to fear that we are living, working, or building in vain.