Psalm 127 (Listen)

127:1   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.
  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.
  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.
  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.




Devotional:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth (Psalm 127:3-4). 

I praise and thank God because children are a gift from Him. Do you work to the point of excess, expecting your legacy to be in your misplaced priorities? God warns us that unless He does the building, our work is in vain. Be sure your time is spent where God wants you to be. Then, He seems to point out that if you want a legacy, look at the children He has given you or placed in your life. Value them as a soldier values his tools for the battle. Raise your children to love and respect the Lord and they will grow to bless you, their community, and maybe even the world, and come alongside of others as they seek to raise children this way.