It is day eight for #Write28Days. I am joining the Five Minute Friday Community and will write with Kate’s prompt for today: BUILD.
One of the Songs of Ascents in the book of Psalms mentions building a house. The Hebrew word for house in the text is bayith. The definition, according to Strong’s concordance is: house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
The Hebrew word for build is bânâh. The definition according to Strong’s Concordance is: to build, obtain children, repair, set.
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.
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.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127: 1-3 ESV
Here are these same verses from the Message.
If Yahweh doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.
If Yahweh doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.
It is useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?
Don’t you see that children are Yahweh’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Prayer: Lord God you are the Creator, our provider. Your love is amazing. You are merciful and have given us salvation through Jesus. We praise you and kneel before you. You give the gift of new life. We ask that you guide us and build our home.