Psalms 127: Advice to Parents
Psalms 127 says that it was written for Solomon, and it reads like a set of Proverbs. There are only five verses, and they all seem to relate to having a successful family. Let’s talk about each of the five versus individually and see how they all fit together.
Psa 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.
Psa 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.
Psa 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Psa 127:5 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.
Verse one could certainly be referring to a literal house, but in context, it seems like we are talking about a family. God is not going to literally build your house, so it seems like this verse would be metaphorical. Unless God is at the center of the family, it is not going to go as well as it might have otherwise.
Also, as we move on to verse two, we learn that it is not worthwhile to worry. That relates directly to the rest of the chapter. Parents worry about their children all the time. I feel like that is part of being a parent, and that is part of what it seems like verse two was put there.
We are talking about building a family that follows God, and while it might be natural to worry about it, we should not worry that much.
Why should we not worry so much about children? Children are a gift from God (although I’m sure parents wonder about that every so often haha). If you have brought them up the right way, then we get to verse four where they are like arrows in the hand of a mighty man. They will be strong, and they will be able to be used by God.
Basing your family on God is where it all starts. If you are a parent, try your best to be a great witness for your children. They will notice, and you will have an influence even if they don’t show it all the time.