Sermon notes: Blessed for the glory of God – Psalm 127

22 08 2014

It’s a long time since I’ve put my sermon notes on here, probably because it’s a while since I’ve been at my home church for more than one Sunday in a row! Last Sunday I went to the 9am service as I was on kids at the 10.30, and this way I still got to hear the sermon!

Psalm 127

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labour in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat –
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 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.

In our current society people suffer from “status anxiety” – comparing ourselves to others, or worrying out to reach their expectations. The media portrays hyper-reality, people who are seemingly perfect. We’re far more affected by these images than we’d like to admit.

We can work hard, but without God it’s not going to be what it could be (v1)
We can rest and enjoy life because God is in control, not us (v2)

The farmer can plant the seed, water the land, but he can never grow the crop, only God can do that.

Society says that if we don’t work as hard as the next person then we won’t be as successful as them.
But God gives us joy and contentment.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4v12
Paul’s circumstances didn’t dictate if he was happy or sad, because he was rooted in Jesus Christ.

If we constantly compare ourselves to others, or want to be more like others, then we are not contented, but are continuing to toil and strive.

There is no higher status available than to be a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to be adopted into His family; there is no need to compare to others!

“God is most glorified through us when we are most satisfied in him” – John Piper

It’s evangelistic. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.

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