Yesterday’s reading came from Psalm 127:1-2.
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
v2: 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.
I sat and mediated a bit on these two verses. “Except the Lord build a house they labor in vain…” I saw that the Lord has to be the one to build our homes, cities, and lives. Anything we do is in vain. I see this in my own life as we are going through these hard financial times. He is using the present situations to build our home. He is building a house of faith and bring us to a place we have never been before in Him. I rather for Him to build our home and rest in Him. If I choose any other way and see what we (Kerwin and I) can come up with, our labor will be in vain and our home will come crashing down by not following Christ and allowing Him to build the way He sees fit.
When He does it, we need not to worry about anything. It doesn’t make sense for us to rise early and stay up late trying to build our homes, and trying to figure things out. It leads us to nowhere, but stress and worry and push us further away from God our Father. When God builds, He will keep us, it will be worth it, it will not be in vain.
“He give his beloved sleep.” As we rest, He is steadily building and orchestrating things. We are being supplied for. We need not to worry, we need not to fret. When God is building, He will keep us and finish the work. It will be beautiful.
These are the things that are coming to me as I read the Psalms during this season in my life. I want the Lord to build my house. I know if I have Him as the builder, my house will be strong. It won’t collapse. I choose today for the Lord to build this house.
Is the Lord building your house or are you laboring in vain?
I know it has been a while since I last post. There has been a lot going on and I plan to post more in detail in due time. In the meantime I been still reading Psalms to my little one in the womb and it has blessed me in my walk and has matured my relationship with Christ. I wanted to encourage you all with what I have read yesterday morning. It has really blessed my spirit. These past couple of months have been the hardest for my husband and I, as it seems like things just keep attacking us to take us out of this race. God has allowed such trials to come I know to strengthen our faith and to lean on Him as never before. During this time His Word has given great comfort and I see Him more as my Father. Someone who I can truly cast my cares upon. Anyway, yesterday I started to feel overwhelmed by everything that was coming up and feeling unprepared. I was led back to the following scriptures I had read in my morning reading. I pray they blessed you as much as they have blessed me.
Psalm 119: 49- 50 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
vs 50: This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Psalm 42:5, 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
vs 11: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in go: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 43: 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
I don’t have a great revelation on these scriptures, but what I do have is encouragement that my hope is in the LORD. His Word gives me hope that all is well in every situation that concerns me . Hope maketh not ashamed. Amen!
I know I stated a couple of post back the importance of reading to our little ones in the womb. Over the past couple of months, I have been reading to my son the book of Psalm. Throughout this time, I have questioned should I really be focused on Psalms. Naturally, I thought of reading Proverbs, instilling wisdom. I plan to read the book to him, but I really wanted to start in Psalms without totally understanding why. The only reason I had, was to instill a mind of praise and worship in his heart. To hear the praises of God continually going up would give him the mindset to praise Him in all situations. To be bold and his praise and worship to God. I know this hasn’t been one of my strongest traits, so I wanted to make sure it is in my children spirit before they come out the womb.
As I read Ps. 46 this morning, the first couple of verses caught my attention. Verse 1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Verse 2: Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…” It goes on to verse three and so on. As I continued to read I was encouraged with verses 7, 10-11. It’s not like I never heard these verses before, but it is always encouraging to read them once more. As I read and explained the verses to my baby’s spirit, it started to occur to me another reason I needed to read the Psalms to him.
I have been studying Arthur Burk’s c.d. ‘Ministering to Babies in the Womb‘ (great material by the way :)), when Arthur was explaining the importance of building a joy base for the child. It’s al tool for nurturing our babies. It’s the baseline emotion for us humans, our foundation. You want a huge joy base for your child. It’s important since the joy of the Lord is our strength. We will experience other emotions-pain, hurt, etc, but how long will it take to return to joy?
This all flooded my mind and it came to me that David was a great example of this. He experienced great pain, disappointment and hurt, even wondered if God heard his cries, but if you ever continue to read the whole chapter, he always returns to a state of praise and joy, knowing that yes, my God has heard me, He has rescued me, He is awesome and wonderful! He knew how to return to that joy base!
I realized as I express my excitement to my son of his coming and read the Psalms of David’s great example and the other writers who wrote the book, I am creating a huge joy base for him! That bring joy to my heart as a mother that I am on the right track. I am reading what He needs at this time. With everything going on in our world, it is ever so important to develop that joy of the Lord into our children so that they may have strength to continue in this race.
Since finding out we’re expecting, I thought it to be very important to start reading the Word to my baby in the womb. I know they say they can’t hear until so many week but I don’t care. Whether or not he can hear physically, I know baby’s spirit can hear. With that being said, every day when I wake up, I read to his spirit. I believe it is important for him to be familiarize with the Word of God. Hopefully, another post I will go further into this importance, but for the sake of this post I will get to the point.
Right now we are reading in Psalms. I wanted to share a couple of verses from today’s reading. It was wonderful to read and mediate on. It spoke of how the heavens show God’s work and His glory.
I hope it blesses you as well.
v1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
v2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
v3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.