What is Psalms 127:1-2 Talking About?

What is psalms 127:1-2 talking about? Psalms 127:1-2 talks about the futility of the effort of man when God is not involved. ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the laborers labor in vain’. The Psalmist speaks directly about the vain effort of man when God is not involved.

How many times have men built houses but those houses were demolished? Even the temple that Solomon built for God was demolished when Israel turned away from God.

When the disciples of Jesus marveled at the temple, Jesus told them not one stone shall be left on another. Jesus also spoke of destroying the temple and building it in three days.

While the house here is both physical and figurative, the truth remains that only houses that God builds last.

This house can also represent a marriage; marriages built on the principles of God last but those built on human philosophies end in divorce.

Jesus referred to a man who listens to His words and does what He says as a wise builder who built His house on the rock while one who does not heed to His words as a foolish builder who built his house on sand.

Jesus himself promised to build His church upon a rock referring to Peter and promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

All these references approve what Psalms 127:1-2 states; only houses built by God will stand.

‘Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain’. This is still an emphasis of the futility of excluding God.

The Psalmist wants us to know that though we are asked to work, it is the Lord who establishes whatever we work on. We will find success if we build based on the principles of God.

We will stay safe if we put our trust in God rather than what our eyes can see and what our hands can touch.