Clint Estes – Psalm 127
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”
2 Samuel 7:11-13
“The LORD will make you a house. … I will raise up your offspring after you … He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
“In pain [anxious toil] you shall bring forth children. … In pain [anxious toil] you shall eat of it all the days of your life. … By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.”