Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Day 10: The Lord Builds and Protects

Scripture Reading: Psalm 127

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 127 (CSB)
THE BLESSING OF THE LORD
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the LORD builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the LORD watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain.
2 In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food—
yes, he gives sleep to the one he loves.
3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD,|
offspring, a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them.
They will never be put to shame
when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.

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A Song About the Builder and Protector
The pilgrim-disciple sings of how God is both the builder and protector of everything sacred—from our work to our families.

Everyone is trying to build something and protect something. Ultimately, behind many of our attempts to build and protect lies a deep-seated need to be in control. When the need to control grips you, take that to the Lord. Unless He frees you, you will not be free.

Reflect
1. What are you trying to build or protect? Why? How do you go about it? What does this reveal about how you see God and how you see yourself?

2. What do you do when fear confronts you? What would the people closest to you say you do when you feel the need to gain control? How effective are your methods?

3. Read Philippians 4:6 and Proverbs 3:5-8. What should we do when worry or fear comes over us? How do you respond to Psalm 127:2?