Psalm 127,The House that God built.
A Psalm of solomon, Solomon built a house .
1 Kings 5:5 "Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.'
It was not for King David to build the house.
SEEMINGLY NON FRUITFUL - SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
Again a short psalm and the "Eighth step"
And verse one= A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
This is a verse I used to have around my house - hung on walls]
Why would anyone wake up early and labour in vain unless they had the blessing of the Lord upon them .?
The building of a house must have God's blessing upon it - otherwise it is a wasted journey - as the house will fall down.
We all know the story of the house built upon the rock Matthew 7:24-27 24 ?Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.?
I can be as as one who wakes up early to begin a new day having my foundatons on the "Rock" but my labour can be in vain "without God's blessing"
I can spend years and indeed I have building a house only to find it tumble down - this is how we grow and learn.
Have you ever spent many years working and labouring on something - only to find it crumbling down ?
You have built on the foundations of your faith and have followed Jesus only to find your doings become nothing ?
[This has nothing to do with my foundation in Jesus - but my building - you know all you do will come to an end ....even Solomons temple..
It all crumbles down eventually - but it is about what is lasting or everlasting.
Some suggest that God looks at the heart and see's deep within your intentions "have you ever had people say "God will bless your good intentions ?"
How many times have you done something with good intentions - only to find it has caused harm ! offence/disunity/affected a family....
Indeed rather than doing good it has boomeranged back on you !
Indeed most parents have find this as they try to do good in the family and it comes back on them - trying to help children and having put everything into them they may find it rebelling against them - good intentions within a family [house/home/ does not always find instant reward or reward at all.
It seems Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it. has no building at all and crumbles - indeed David knew this with his son absalom. [who fell by his own sword]
What turmoil within aheart that was after God's heart ? [wanted to build a house for God]
It is bilblical fact/ knowledge/
So where did David go wrong ? indeed solomon departed from the Lord as an adult and wandered into relationships with women from other beliefs.
Here Solomon writes a proverb only to "not" live it -[ in [color=blue]Proverbs 22:6 [/color]] as he did not abide in the way. 1 Kings 11:4 4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
It would seem a lifetime a dedication can lead to non fruit.
Yet as a parent you will /should/ anticipate/long for/hope/ for your children to come back /this is natural [or not] as not all parents are like this/ however they will assume be to as such to keep appearance.
And so - we continue with the tabernacle - God in us and us in God - a home / a house/ a living place for God to dwell/ shadow/ a place where God builds within/ a place where God dwells/ and a plce where we build = as in Nehemiah/Solomon/ and Jesus[color=red] John 2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."[/color]
You see now that the building laboured upon could be destroyed within a few days.
Here the labours of a lifetime can be destroyed - my family can be destroyed /unless that , that is raised up can stay raised up.
With this study I want to share a vison with you.
It is a vision about the future and here Jesus is standing before me and His feet are like pure gold , I look further uo and see pure light - brilliant white light, But I cannot look any further, I cannot look up any further and bow down before His feet.
All I can see are the feet of Him and I see gold coins reigning dowm at first one and then many and then countless coins riegning down like snow
He touches my shoulder and puts His hand upon my life..
This is the end of the vision that lasted many hours
A HOME OF GOD OR A HOUSE THAT I BUILD
So Solomon [in the last days of his life] had many wives - and married into the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites and wohipped the god's of them.
He indeed did as Israel had done and God was angered by his ways and so the Kingdom was torn away from him and the king of Edom became Solomon?s enemy - and one tribe was left to solomon.
Solomon now had many eneimies because of his actions and deeds and his house/home/ tumbled...
I wonder how much of King Davids time was invested in Solomon ? I wonder how bathsheba may have felt as a mother ?
How could this house/home ever be rebuilt ?
Here as she may have been in a relationship that never should have been "with King David] [before the Lord] she must have wanted to do anything to help her child [but he must have seemed in the end like the prodigal son] and would he ever come back ?
[However the Holy Spirit picked up on the proverbs of this man - [we now read his proverbs - words of Wisdom and Ecclesiastes] and he was saved and was still found in favour because of his Father David .
1 Kings 11:12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.
Whether solomon being included in the word/bible has any relevance to his being born again/God's child/a tabernacle/ the bible does not mention this.
However because he is included in the bible /Gods's word/ we can assume that He was a child of God.
1 Chronicles 28:6 He said to me, ?It is wSolomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
Even though he was like a prodigal/Israel/ in his later years.
Of course I am sassuming that bathsheba was as a usual mother that would do anyhting for her child- however she can be conveyed as a manipulating person and actually more interested in her place in society - interestingly she was the seventh daughter, [after the seventh psalm] and her name means "daughter of an Oath"
Although there are no writings from bathsaheba we see scripture about her [this does not mean she was God's child]/ or had any place in His House.
We do see that Israel having done the same as Solomon had a Father - Exodus 3:6 Then he said, "I am the God of father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
So it seems God continues to build but it seems as a parent it becomes nill - I wonder how much time God must have put into his children >? and how as a mother He must have felt for them.....How He wanted to build His house in them - but how they wandered away.
How could Solomon build a house for the Lord ?
O how God cried out for His Children and how He still does. [outside of time and in time]
Yet He is preparing a place for us ? a home within His Kingdom
And so the tribes of the UK continued to worship other gods as solomon did in his last days
Interesting that solomons temple took seven years to construct and King Solomon dedicated it to the Lord on the twelth year.
And so God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar the 2nd to bring down the building [although God was the builder and the watchman] - God had to leave the people to their own ways until they were ready to return. [there fore the labours were in vain and solomons temple was destroyed] John 10:10 ...
The Uk of tribes - no longer had a builder or a watchman and so Solomon?s great temple was now a ruin. It would stay a ruin for many years, until it was humbly rebuilt by the returning exiles and these are the days of Ezra/Nehemiah/
DOING WHAT GOD WANT
Shame will make you hide things and make you hide away - disappear, be a nonhuman , nonperson, be quiet, feel unequal with those around you, feel a lesser person.
the enemy will say "You time is wasted, your temple is wasted, your bulding is wasted, you a waste of time"
The enemy will declare you a deceiver, liar, manipulator, heel catcher, trickster, supplanter, guilty,
No matter what you are building in life - arise lazuraus and rise .deceiver, liar, manipulator, heel catcher, trickster, supplanter, guilty, wrestle with God today.
Take hold of your inheritance and take your place/step/from Jacob to Israel. [one who westles with God]
I go back to the original vision of a body of a person .
Of course you do not deserve your place - but it is not you who takes your place it is Jesus [the first born]
Ha ha , you know the greatest thing you can ever do is to do what God wants - whether it seem's the least or the greatest role - whether it seems to be working or not - whether your building/role/ seems to be working or not - do you know no building willl last ?
Not in this life anyway - as long as you are following God and doing what He has led you into that is all that matters.
Whether it be the cleaner who cleans up after the builders have finished or the cook who fills the bellies of the builders, or the teacher or the leader, the person who has'nt got a clue what he was doing as in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem where everyone came together "not being gifted in building"
Do what God wants - and it is as simple as that, now you are building the body of Jesus and this is the vision of the person of Jesus Christ.
Your ministry is using the gift [or not your gift] for the purposes of God - whether it be building or nursing - doctoring or nurtering.
In the end it is about where you are and He will take you from there.
Ha , the greatest thing you will ever do is to do what God wants in society, it is not about the greatest or the least, it is about doing ehat God wants in your life, you may not be a preacher or a teacher - you may well be the cleaner or the cook or the nurse.
That is the Body of Christ.....
AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE
I finish with the words of King David [the adulterer] the father of Solomon "[color=red] Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. [/color] "
His Temple .....[tabernacling]....
Lord God in Jesus name I have made you Lord over my life today and You are the Builder - whatever my building in response [which I know will not last ]
I ask that my intentions [which have no value in Your eyes ] would be reversed by Your works and intentions.
As I know that my intentions can cause harm and my building can be torn down by my own doing.
Work in me not by my outward doings but by Your inwork working
Build my life today and make me the House that God Built / that my doings would be Yours in Jesus name Amen.
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