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Psalm chapter 127

What does Psalm chapter 127 mean?

The psalmist here is Solomon. This is a "song of ascents," meaning it was used as pilgrims traveled to Jerusalem for one of the required feasts (Exodus 23:14–17).

The first part of this psalm notes the futility of working without considering godly truth. Without God's will, or His approval, or His wisdom, all human effort is ultimately pointless. That applies both to things we attempt to build and those things we have and try to keep. Jesus delivers a parallel message in Matthew 7:24–27. No matter how much stress, or effort, or loss of sleep a person suffers, they cannot overcome starting from godless foundations (Psalm 127:1–2).

The second part of Solomon's song celebrates the blessing of children. This is tied to the earlier theme of building according to godly wisdom. When someone has children in their youth, those offspring become part of their defense and support in their old age. In that sense, a person with many children is fortunate in the same way as a warrior is with a full quiver of arrows. Solomons' meaning is not that people are obligated to have as many children as possible. Rather, this is a celebration of the value each child brings and the blessing God implies when they are born (Psalm 127:3–5).
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