EXCEPT the LORD build the house, * their labour is but lost that build it. ~ Psalm 127:1
As a new rector of a small church, I have been thinking a lot about church growth. We often think if we do the right thing, get the right pastor, preach a good message that many will come.
But the key is that the Lord must build the house, not me, not the members of the church, not some new fangled program. The only way the church will grow is if the Lord builds it. So we preach the word of God, partake in His sacraments and pray always.
This Psalm is as mucha bout the family household, for eventually, the psalmist turns his attention to the home and baring of children. The same rule applies. The center and core to all we do is to let the Lord do his work and give ourselves over entirely to his workin in our life.