In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 127:1-5, the psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לִשְׁלֹמֹה אִם-יְהֹוָה | לֹא-יִבְנֶה בַיִת שָׁוְא | עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ אִם-יְהֹוָה לֹא-יִשְׁמָר-עִיר שָׁוְא | שָׁקַד שׁוֹמֵר: A song of ascents. By Shlomo 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. (NASB) This comment by Solomon is deep with meaning and importance for our lives today! If the Lord is not at the foundation of who we are, all that we do is in vain. The Psalmist continues saying, ב שָׁוְא לָכֶם | מַשְׁכִּימֵי קוּם מְאַחֲרֵי-שֶׁבֶת אֹכְלֵי לֶחֶם הָעֲצָבִים כֵּן יִתֵּן לִידִידוֹ שֵׁנָא: 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (NASB) Solomon speaks of the toiling in this life at a job, to raise early and go to bed late, taking few hours for sleep, rest, and restoration, that the one who does so reaps sorrow.


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