Psalm 127 – Songs for the Sojourn

This Sunday we begin part two of a year long series on the Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 120-134).  We have entitled our series “Songs of the Sojourn” because the Psalms of Ascents were primarily pilgrimage songs sung by the Israelites on the way to Jerusalem to celebrate the major feasts (Passover, Weeks, Tabernacles, et al).   In fact, we recognize the Psalms of Ascents as a collection of songs that Jesus would have sung on his journeys to Jerusalem.

This week we continue with Psalm 127

Listen to Pastor Steve Brown read Psalm 127

Listen to our Pastor Elliot Grudem preach on Psalm 127

Sing along with us on Psalm 127 –

Unless the Lord the House Shall Build – Welcome Wagon
mp3 | leadsheet

Rest in the Lord, My Soul – Greg Scheer
mp3 | leadsheet

Psalm 127 (ESV)

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.
2 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.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 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.

Image: Songs of Ascent, (c) Aaron Collier, 2007. UBP

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