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  1. DEPENDENCE ON THE LORDPsalm 127

  2. Psalm 127 1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

  3. Songs of Ascents • There are 15 songs – They sang them as pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem to attend the great festivals. • “ascent” (ma’aloth) means “to go up”

  4. Songs of Ascents These 15 songs are divided into three portions of five: > 120-124 – Constant reference to trouble and danger > 125-129 – constant reference to confidence in God > 130-134 – constant reference to direct communion with the Lord in His house.

  5. Songs of Ascents • This Psalm calls you to recognize and acknowledge that God is the true builder and that all you do must be done in an attitude of humble dependence upon Him. • German proverb “Everything depends on God’s blessing” • Lordship is not only about submission and obedience it is about dependence.

  6. 1. In Our Endeavors (127:1-2) “The curse of some people’s lives is not work, as such, but senseless work, vain work, futile work, work that takes place apart from God. Work that ignores the if.” Eugene H. Peterson The Long Obedience in the Same Direction

  7. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) “Sovereign” – God’s rule over all things in this world.

  8. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) CrosspointStatement of faith 1. God the Father God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, yet He remains fatherly in His attitude toward all men(Gen. 1:1, 2:7; Ex. 3:14, 6:2-3, 15:11ff, 20:1ff, Lev. 22:2; Dt. 6:4, 32:6; 1 Chr. 29:10; Ps. 19:1-3; Isa. 43:3,15, 64:8; Jer. 10:10, 17:13; Mt. 6:9ff, 7:11, 23:9, 28:19; Mk. 1:9-11; Jn. 4:23-24, 5:26, 14:6-13, 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Rom. 8:14-15; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:6, 12:9; 1 Pet. 1:17).

  9. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) * You must build your lives (in all areas) with God, because of God, and for God. Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

  10. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) * You must build your lives (in all areas) with God, because of God, and for God. * Knowing him translates into living a life of absolute dependence on Him.

  11. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) B. Resist pride King Nebuchnezzar Daniel 4:34b-35, 37 vv. 34b-35 His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

  12. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) B. Resist pride King Nebuchnezzar Daniel 4:34b-35, 37 v. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

  13. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) B. Resist pride C. Resist the Devil * His will is that you live independent from God. James 4:7-10Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

  14. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… A. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty (v. 1) B. Resist pride C. Resist the Devil D. Consider all of life as sacred E. Journey with others

  15. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others Connecting Point Groups – Purpose: Pursue Growth Together Connecting Points are an environment where people pursue Biblical Fellowship and Spiritual Growth. Accountability Belonging Care

  16. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others Intimacy with God > Fellowship with believers > Influence with outsiders

  17. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) It is vain to attempt things without the Lord. Threefold “in vain” emphasis it Laboring in anxious independence of God is vain. (v. 2) Success depends on more than hard work and honest endeavor. The unseen but all-important factor is that God must bless what man does.

  18. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) Are you living a life of constant frustration? A Latin motto “Nisi Dominus Frusta” – “Without the Lord, Frustration.”

  19. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) “He grants sleep to those he loves:” The last clause of verse 2 is obscure. Not “so he gives his beloved sleep,” but “for he gives to his beloved in sleep” (RSV), is the probable sense.

  20. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) 2 Interpretations: > He gives to His beloved sleep – God gives rest while we sleep Proverbs 3:24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Psalm 3:5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

  21. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) 2 Interpretations: > He gives to His beloved sleep – God gives rest while we sleep > He gives to His beloved in his sleep – God is at work while we sleep

  22. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) 2 Interpretations: > He gives to His beloved in his sleep – God is at work while we sleep The incentive is this: God can perform more good for those who trust him while they sleep than they can perform with anxious labor for themselves while awake.

  23. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Every step of the way… E. Journey with others F. Trust God (v. 2) 2 Interpretations: > He gives to His beloved in his sleep – God is at work while we sleep Psalm 121:4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

  24. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Prayer Sennacherib King of Assyria threatens Jerusalem – King Hezekiah prays 2 Kings 19:14-16 14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.

  25. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Prayer Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  26. The Way of Humble Dependence Upon God: Grace 1 Cor 15:10 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.