My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2014 Issue – ‘Songs for the Road’
Today’s text for reading and meditation:
Psalm 127 (NIV): ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour 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 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.’
I don’t have much to say about today’s study – I agree with a lot of what Selwyn has written.
He says: ‘On the surface the point the psalmist is making here is that if a father has a number of sons then, when he is old, they will rally around him and ensure that he is treated fairly and honourably. The family is shown to be the basic unit of society – a divinely intended source of comfort.
But I think there is a deeper truth here which we need to see – the truth concerning intimate relationships. Jesus, you will remember, said on one occasion: ‘Whoever does the will of my Father … is my brother and sister and mother’ (Matthew 12:50).
In looking at this psalm and other areas of Scripture we begin to get a picture of life and a way of working which is not focused on the acquisition of material things but on the development of meaningful, rich and lasting relationships, with God and therefore with others around us. Life really is about relationships – our relationship with God and relationships with others.’
I think we can spend a lot more time meditating on the fact that our brothers and sisters in-Christ are part of our eternal family; and, we should interact with others – in our respective Christian communities – reflecting the truth of this relationship. Sadly, many people, go to their local church service – once a week – and only offer a few token words of greeting and a couple of sentences of small-talk. Perhaps it reflects the type of relationship they have with Jesus?