God’s Best Gifts

11 Feb

Psalm 127 is a praise psalm that runs through all the stuff God has given us; good work, good rest, and kids. These are universal to our world no matter what century in which we live.
The first line of this psalm is often used for Habitat for Humanity work sites. It is the perfect line to describe the blessing and God centered of that movement to provide homes for families. Did you know the concept was born at Koinonia Farms when Millard Fuller was trying to pull his life back together. He was on retreat at Koinonia Farms in Americans, Georgia, when during a Bible Study on the book of Deuteronomy he hear of God’s desire for all people to have the basics of life. I just think that it is really cool that this wonderful movement that has touch so many lives, both who worked for their homes and those who helped them, came from thoughtful reading in of the scripture in a place that was started as the “proving ground for the Kingdom of God”. It is clear that it illustrates that if God does build a house it multiplies the blessings over and over again.

127 1-2 If God doesn’t build the house,
the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn’t guard the city,
the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves?

This psalm also talks about rest. It says that God enjoys giving us rest. Think about how often you take a rest not only from your work, but from your worries. I truly believe we can trust God with all of it… there is no need to worry while God has got our back. The final gift the psalmist talks about are children.

3-5
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.

Children are a wonderful gift – and in our generation, making it through the teen years is another gift. But, I think about the culture in which this was originally written. Children would have grown up as working hands in the family business. They would have become part of a clan that protected the livelihood and the land of the family. All I can think is Duck Dynasty. So that the family could stand together against any foe and prosper in even the most difficult of circumstances.

Well, that’s what this psalmist thinks are the best gifts from God. What do you think?? I know I have received lots and lots of great gifts. . good work to do, rest in God’s peace, and family and friends to travel with me on the road.

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