Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: 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)
Scholars have different ideas as to who actually wrote this Psalm. Some believe that Solomon wrote it and David included it in his Psalms, others believe that David wrote it and dedicated it to Solomon.
Regardless of the author, this is a Psalm which is full of wisdom, teaching us to rely on God everyday, in all circumstances.
Whether the “house” is our body, a business, a church, a temple, or a project of any kind, without God’s blessing it is fruitless. It doesn’t go anywhere.
It is vain for us to rise up early and sit up late. Those who do not know God and wish to have a good life will work hard. They will get up early, work hard all day and then will stay up late, trying, to make something of themselves.
“To eat the bread of sorrow”… Many are wanting to have a good life on their own. They worry and get nervous and things never seem to go right because they do not have a relationship with The Lord. Their problems wake them up early, or keep them up late and stop them from having a good sleep. With Gods blessings they could have peaceful sleep, knowing that He is in control.
The author is saying that with trust in God, we don’t have to worry. Give it over to the Lord and he will look after it all. He will lead us and guide us if we just put our trust in him.
Everyday we must consciously be dependent on Christ as He is the rock and we must build our foundations on Him.
Lord may I always talk to you regardless of the day, situation or experience. May I always ask you for your advice and listen for your leading.
Father I can recount the days and circumstances that occurred because I didn’t ask for your opinion or direction or for your blessings.
I have learned hard and costly lessons through my head strong ways, wanting to go it alone.
I can definitely see a good difference in the times where I involved you in the entire process. May I always turn to you first and seek direction and abide by your answer.
Many times that answer will be “no” to something I really think I should do or have. May I learn from my past mistakes that when you say “no” I should listen even if it’s totally opposite of what I think should happen.
Help me to remember the many sleepless hours of the night, the restless days and the money that I have put into projects on my own accord, without your blessings.
Remind me of those 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 rush ahead, not bothering to include you, you still keep me under your watchful eye, while allowing me to learn 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!
In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I pray.