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Solomon, the wisest man in the world and the greatest builder, penned this psalm. Appropriately, the psalm speaks directly to building and to children.  Solomon built temples, castles, monuments, parks and numerous edifices to Israel’s golden years. Still, at the end, he recounted in Ecclesiastes–that all that building and achieving was worthless.

So, it is appropriate, for him to remind us that those who build without God’s leadership and blessing–are simply wasting their time.  We need to spend our time seeking Him, going where He is and joining Him in His work. There, we will accomplish lasting change and leave a monument to His eternal glory. Remember also, that He never allows tribute paid to Him to go unrewarded.

Our greatest legacy, however, is the legacy of our children–Solomon tells us–that a group of Godly, caring children are anyone’s greatest legacy and monument to a life well spent.  Our kids reflect us; and our faith, better than any writing, honor or achievement. 

They are more than a tribute to us; Solomon reminds us that great kids are a weapon for us, and advocates that stand on our behalf. They will be at our side long after the parade has passed us, and life has taken its toll.  Whatever the investment–our kids are more than worth it. They are never a labor in vain! 

God Bless You

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.