The Master Builder

by Terri Gillespie

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless Adonai builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless Adonai watches over the city, the watchman stands guard in vain. Psalm 127:1 TLV

A Song of Ascents (vs. 1). There are fifteen psalms written as Songs of Ascent. Many scholars believe these were psalms sung by Jewish pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem or possibly while ascending Mount Zion or the steps of the Temple. It was a way to both worship and ponder different themes as they approached the Most High God.

Psalm 127 was about family. Children. Building a home. King Solomon writes that unless GOD builds the house—our “house of God”, our families—we labor in vain.

As the daughter of a contractor, I grew up loving the aroma of freshly sawed wood. Four of our homes were built from the ground up. One we finished ourselves, including standing on the joists of a two-story deck as hubby nailed in the 2x4s. I understand the importance of integrity, good materials, and patience.

Once my husband and I began building homes, my father cautioned us to visit the construction site every day, because no matter how good a contractor’s reputation was, his laborers weren’t always as honorable.

When I pulled up to the job site, depending upon who was present, I could practically feel the grumbles and curses before I exited the vehicle. Once inside, thanks to my father, I knew where to look for problems and the questions to ask. I was able to catch those problems, but the ones that happened when I wasn’t there, well …

Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the [Holy Spirit] who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 TLV

Yes, each of us is a “temple of the Holy Spirit”. That means our “building” has an on-site “contractor” living inside us, 24/7.

As we labor within this temple, we will make hundreds of choices each day. Will we use inferior materials, or the best GOD has made available to us? Will we cut corners and try to take shortcuts, or will we follow the blueprints GOD has made for us? Just know, the Holy Spirit sees all.

The primary choice we have is to build our temple on a solid foundation with Yeshua as the cornerstone (Acts 4:11). Otherwise, we labor in vain.

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear. For the Day will show it, because it is to be revealed by fire; and the fire itself will test each one’s work—what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13, TLV

Let’s follow our Contractor and build the best temple we can, for there resides all we do in His Name.

Father, I want to follow Your blueprint and build upon Your Foundation with what will withstand the test of fire. Gold, silver, and precious stones—not wood, hay, and straw. Thank You for our “Contractor” who oversees our behavior and guides us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA)..

About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, releases later this year.

The third and final book in the Hair Mavens series, Really Bad Hair Day, is a whirlwind of changes for the mavens—marriage, love, danger, loss, and redemption. The Hair Mavens: modern-day Ruth and Naomi stories set in a hair salon.

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8 thoughts on “The Master Builder

  1. Terri, thank you for these wise words. I’m so grateful our “contractor”, the Holy Spirit is not only wise but gentle and kind as He instructs us and guides His “workers”–us!!!!

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    1. Amen. The Holy Spirit counsels and guides us as we build our “temple” and our Father’s kingdom. Thanks for your insights and kind words, Kathy.


  2. Thanks Terri! Your experiences are so interesting in the building trade. The details are thought provoking. It reminds me of how God is working in us according to Philippians 1: 6.

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    1. “I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah Yeshua [Jesus the Messiah].” AMEN!


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