Psalm 127 and Seeking God’s Will

church9There are two main ways churches make decisions: 1) they study an issue, figure out whether or not they have enough talent or resources to do it, decide to take on the task, and then ask God to bless their undertaking; or 2) they pray and ask God to reveal where he is already at work and how they can join him in his work.

Psalm 127 deals with the second option:

Unless it is the Lord who builds the house,
    the builders’ work is pointless.
Unless it is the Lord who protects the city,
    the guard on duty is pointless.
It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late,
    eating the bread of hard labor
    because God gives sleep to those he loves.

No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord;
    the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.
The children born when one is young
    are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
The person who fills a quiver full with them is truly happy!
    They won’t be ashamed when arguing with their enemies in the gate.

Jesus said he would build his Church and the gates of hell would not be able to withstand it. We need to figure out where Jesus is working around us to build his Church and join him. It is not poor leadership to pray before making decisions. Rather, in the Church it is poor leadership to make decisions and then pray that God would bless them. This is because our one, true leader is Jesus. It is his house he is building. He just allows us to come along. Because it is his house, we need to seek his will, not ask him to bless our will.

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