Simple Sermon Notes:
I. The Work of God is what matters most
v. 1a Unless the Lord builds the house, — God is the superior builder.
those who build it labor in vain.
Application: We build homes to enjoy rest and live in peace with those we love. To build in vain means that you would build and spend the effort and resource and not enjoy any of the fruits of your labor.
Illustration: If we build in our own strength, our efforts can be as useless as a child who wrestles with a birthday balloon only to watch it float away.
Application: We preach so that God can design the homes of our heart. We preach so that God can be the force that pushes us forward. We preach so our work will have eternal value. A church that is not lead from the preaching of God’s Word is a church that is not lead by God!
v. 1b Unless the Lord watches over the city, — God is the superior guardian.
the watchman stays awake in vain.
Application: We guard things so that we won’t loose what is most precious to us.
Illustration: A child's box of treasures. It’s a shoebox with the sweetest of little treasures that are most important to her. Rocks and sea shells from family vacations and coins that I’ve brought back from foreign countries.
Application: Guarding your children, your family, your community, is a job that is far bigger than you. You need God’s help. We preach so that God’s Word can guard the hearts of your little one’s. We preach so that God’s Word can guard the fidelity of your marriage. We preach so that you can truly encouraged.
There is a promise to the negative statement that David makes in this Psalm.
v. 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. — If you want peace and rest, it can only come from God.
II. healthy, spiritually mature Children are the greatest indication of God’s blessing and approval.
v. 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward. —- a heritage is a gift that you can forfeit but that no one can take away.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Application: arrows are an extension of the warrior’s power. They must be fired with…
1. great expectation — the higher you aim the farther they will go. (Michael Pinkston)
Application: We have great expectations for your life. God created you for a great purpose!
2. clear intention — their purpose must be clearly defined. Glory at the gate!
Application: God is worthy of great glory!
v. 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.