I just finished my homework for my Beth Moore study of the Psalms of Ascent…
Today was the first day looking at this psalm:
Psalm 127 (NKJV)
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
The focus of the homework was concentrating on the first two verses…the importance of being mindful that our labors will not be fruitful if God is not involved and the importance of sleep…did you realize that God is concerned about us getting sleep? In fact, He says that he gives sleep to those He loves. If it is something that God gives, it must be important!
I was so touched by all the comments on my goal updates (the post below)…so many of you cheered me on but also told me to take it easy…listen to my own advice…maybe I should listen to my body and get some sleep instead of trying to push through with a mentality…no pain…no gain. Verse 2 spoke to me greatly, I woke up so sleepy this morning, haven’t gotten much done and I realize that I have been qnawing on the bread of sorrow as my dad will have a surgical procedure on his heart tomorrow…
Beth ended the lesson with a excellent equation:
Godless labor + little sleep = a futile expenditure of energy.
Adding this paraphrase…perhaps you might put your name in for Solomon’s:
Work where God work; then rest, Dear Solomon, “for so he giveth his beloved sleep” (Psalm 127: 2, KJV).
I am off to take a nap…and turn in early tonight…I don’t want to miss what work God has for me because I am tired…I hope you find rest as well.