Psalm 127:1-2

EXCEPT THE LORD

Psalm 127:1-2

INTRODUCTION

We have just received our paycheck. Maybe we have some overtime. Maybe our commissions have picked up. Maybe our boss had given us a bonus. We made more this week than we normally make. It feels so good to have a little extra this week. We go home. Naturally we have to check the mail box. There we find a bill we did not expect. By-by to the extra money.

There are laws of money. We will spend everything we make. We will not be able to save. It always seems that we always need just a little more. We never arrive in life or in money.

There are laws of life. We will spend every minute we live. We are not able to save some minutes out of each day. We are not able to save some time to spend later on a “rainy day” or busy day.

We are now entering the fourth of July season. There will be many speeches by politicians who will publicly congratulate themselves because of how they are building this country. Or, how they could if only a few more of their party are elected to office. Or how they could if they were elected to a higher office.

This Psalm is an eye-opener for us. While most of us are busy trying to keep control of everything around us, we learn that no work in life is successful except the Lord does that work in, and through, us.

THEME: HOW MUST WE SPEND OUR LIFE?

I. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THE RELATIVE VALUES OF “THINGS” vs. 1a

     A. The “Harmony” Of Our Life Depends Upon The Music Of Our Life

          1. A song with lyrics

          2. A religious song

          3. A musical

     B. Do We Sing Unto The Lord?

          1. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.       Psalm 13:6

          2. O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.           Psalm 95:1

          3. Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.  Jeremiah 20:13

          4. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.   Psalm 104:33

NOTE: The Bible does not record any command of singing praise to the world as we are sinning in the world

     C. The Degrees When The Songs Of Our Life Are Heard And Seen

NOTE: From Psalm 138 to Psalm 134 we find the degrees or steps of the godly life

          1. When there is distress in our life

NOTE: In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.         Psalm 120:1

           2. When we need help

NOTE I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.           Psalm 121:1

          3. When we need to worship God

               a. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.          Psalm 122:1

               b. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.        Psalm 134:1

          4. When we dwell together in unity

NOTE: “Dwell,” not occasionally gather together

NOTE: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!     Psalm 133:1

T.S. HOW MUST WE SPEND OUR LIFE?

          I. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THE RELATIVE VALUES OF “THINGS”

II. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THAT THE LORD MUST DO THE BUILDING   vs. 1b

     A. “Except” Is The Most Important Word In This Verse (Used Twice)

          1. Everything is useless without God

NOTE: R. C. Sproul preached a sermon once in which he said that of all the words in the English language “useless” was the one he hated the most. He said he was willing to work hard, to start early and labor late. He was willing to forego present pleasures or benefits. But not if it was useless. “If you say that what I do is useless, you are saying that I am useless. And what that means is that somehow I don’t count.”

          2. The object of “except” both times is “the Lord”

NOTE: A Federal court has forbidden all classrooms in six western states from allowing students to give the pledge of allegiance to the flag because of the phrase “Under God”

NOTE: CNN opinion poll

When I recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I:

Feel patriotic………………………….. 76%

Remember September 11………. 6%

Resent saying under God………. 13%

Can’t remember the words…… 5%

     B. When God Is “Excepted” We Live In Vain

NOTE: NBC’s last news item: men are marrying later now than ever before; average age 27. Why? Because they can get sex anytime they want it.

Next: KY3 local news. Aids has doubled in the last 12 months in Springfield and Greene County. (Well, dud!)

          1. When we leave God out of the picture:

             a. Vain

             b. Useless

             c. Meaningless

         2. People understand the futility of life

             a. Despair is the result

             b. Suicide is a common ‘solution’

NOTE: Benjamin Franklin in his “Speech to the Convention for Forming a Constitution for the United States” in 1787 said the following: “In the beginning of the contest with Britain when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence. To that kind Providence we owe this opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived a long time (81 years), and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it possible that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writing, that “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall proceed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

     C. How Are We To Spend Our Lives?

          1. We are not to waste our lives

               a. We can never recall a minute to live over

               b. We can never go back

               c. We are helpless as to the passing of time

          2. We are not to just “live our life”

               a. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.            Isaiah 60:12

               b. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it   Galatians 1:13

               c. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.            Luke 15:13

NOTE: Meaning of “wasted”

          a. The idea of useless straw scattered out in the field

          b. Scatter abroad

          c. Disperse

               d. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?       Job 14:10

NOTE: Meaning of “wasted”

           a. Destroyed

          b. Go to ruin

          c. Decay

         d. Marred

               e. … all our pleasant things are laid waste.            Isaiah 64:11

          3. We are to let God build our lives

               a. He will rebuild, through salvation our lives

               b. He will establish us

NOTE: He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.         Psalm 40:2

T.S. HOW MUST WE SPEND OUR LIFE?

          I. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THE RELATIVE VALUES OF “THINGS”

         II. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THAT THE LORD MUST DO THE BUILDING

III. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THAT THE LORD WILL REWARD OUR WORK FOR HIM    vs. 2

     A. The Success Of Our Work Is Not In Long Hours

          1. The sin in rising up early

NOTE: The is no sin just because we rise early.

The question: Is rising early in the place of God or because we can’t wait to do God’s work in our life?

               a. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.            Proverbs 31:15

               b. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.   Proverbs 18:9

          2. The sin in sitting up late

               a. … her candle goeth not out by night.       Proverbs 31:18

               b. Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!   Isaiah 5:11

NOTE: The is no sin just because we stay up late.

The question: Is staying up late in the place of God or because we love to do God’s work in our life?

     B. Sin Of Long Hours

NOTE: The great issue of life for the Christian

          a. Do we trust ourselves?

          b. Do we trust others?

          c. Do we trust our jobs?

         d. Do we trust someone or something else?

         e. Do we trust God?

          1. As if only we can do it

NOTE: Song – The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own …

          2. As if God is not enough

               a. Vanity – Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.      Job 15:31

               b. Wealth – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy        I Timothy 6:17

              c. Rulers – It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118:8-9

          3. As if we cannot trust God

               a. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.     Psalm 9:10

               b. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Psalm 37:3

              c. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Matthew 12:21

CONCLUSION

HOW MUST WE SPEND OUR LIFE?

I. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THE RELATIVE VALUES OF “THINGS”

II. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE  RECOGNIZING THAT THE LORD MUST DO THE BUILDING

III. WE MUST SPEND OUR LIFE RECOGNIZING THAT THE LORD WILL REWARD OUR WORK FOR HIM

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