except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late,
to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (KJV)
This Psalmist is telling us that unless the hand of God is on us, we can’t build anything good that will prosper. This includes every part and detail in our lives. If these things are not covered by God’s blessings, then they are ruled by satin’s curse.
Satan hates God’s goodness and people so much that we need to be watchful every day. The enemy is always trying to sneak in and wreck what God has helped us to build.
The CITY refers to everything we build: our faith, our marriages, our families, our households, our jobs, our Church’s … absolutely everything. Since these are the most important aspects in our lives, they are the first things that Satan will attempt to break down.
However, as Christians, we can rest assured that the Lord keeps the city. By knowing God and placing our dependence upon Him, our city can stand strong.
For our part, we need to stay close to the Lord, following his lead, confessing our sins and covering ourselves with the Armour of God. By living in that way each day while having our hearts fixed on God, we can succeed at keeping the enemy, at a good distance.
“It is vain for us to rise up early and sit up late”-Those who do NOT know God and wish to succeed in life will work very hard. They will get up early, work vigorously all day and then will stay up late, trying, to make something of themselves.
Christians know that being a child of God is what matters first and foremost. When we work in His will, he will look after us and He will bless us.
“To eat the bread of sorrow” –
Many are wanting to have a good life on their own. They worry and gets nervous and things never seem to go right because they don’t have a relationship with The Lord. Without that relationship, problems can wake us up early, or keep us up late and stop us from having a good sleep.
With Gods blessings we could have peaceful sleep, relaxing, knowing that God is in control. Today, there are still many Christians who must also learn to have this type of faith in Him.
The author is saying that God wants us to work, to plan, to prepare, to dream, but it should be done by having a relationship with Him and according to His Will for us. How will we know what God’s Will is for our lives, if we are not close to him?
However, with faith and trust in God we won’t have to be stressed or restless. We can give our worries and problems over to the Lord and he will look after them all. God will lead and guide us. We need to listen and follow!
Thank you Father
Lord may I always talk to you regardless of the day, situation or experience. May I always ask for your advice then listen AND follow your leading.
Father I can remember the numerous days and hard circumstances that occurred because I didn’t ask for your opinion or direction or for your blessing.
I have learned hard and costly lessons through my head strong ways, wanting to go it alone.
I can definitely see a difference in the times where I involved you in the entire process and how relaxed I felt. May I always turn to you first and seek direction and abide by your answer.
Many times that answer will be “no” to something that I really think I should have or do. May I learn from my past mistakes that when you say “no” I should listen, even if I don’t want to.
Help me to remember; the many sleepless hours of the night, the restlessness of the days and the money that I have put into projects of my own accord, without your blessing. Remind me that no matter how hard I may work, nothing will come of it without Your blessing!
Remind me of the times; I knew in my heart, that had I asked, you would have said no, so I took it upon myself and charged ahead without your guidance, only to have failed in the end.
Had I talked to you and obeyed, you may have said no or may have said to just wait a bit or possibly you may even have lead me to something better.
Father, please help me to always seek your guidance in everything I do. Even though I am an impulsive human and have a hard time waiting once I get something into my mind, help me to remember to pray in all situations. Help me to sit quietly and listen to your voice and your leading.
I am truly grateful to be your child.
I am truly grateful that you hear me all the time.
I am truly grateful that as a good parent, you sometimes have to say “no” to my requests.
I am truly grateful that in the times I rushed ahead, not bothering to include you, you still kept me under your watchful eye, while allowing me to learn valuable lessons, from my own mistakes.
I am truly grateful that you are a firm but loving Father.
Thank you for loving me so much.
I love you too!
All for your glory!
In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I pray.