Unless the Lord Builds the House
The Superior Word
Introduction: Every morning when I get up, I read a portion of the 119th Psalm. It’s the longest chapter in the Bible, 176 verses. But it’s broken down into 22 octaves based on the letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. Again and again, the psalmist speaks of God’s word, asking for it to be his guide, his meditation, his food, and his light.
One of the verses always makes me laugh when I get to it because it describes me very well – “simple.” But God’s word can even sink into a simpleton like me. And so when I read these words, there is the comfort of knowing that God is speaking even to me –
Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
Yes it does. The word of God, given to us by God through a special and select nation of people, reveals His very heart and the love He has for His rebellious creatures. It is the greatest treasure on earth, and yet it sits alone and dusty – neglected by the very people He so desperately loves.
This word, this precious word was beautifully described by someone whom I would like to meet someday. He didn’t sign his name to what he had written, probably because he felt it falls short of the majesty of the book itself. But even if this true, his description is worthy of repeating…
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
Text Verse: Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
2 For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the Lord.
“But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:1, 2
The Lord is the Creator and thus the owner of all things. His throne is heaven and His footstool is the earth. Of all of the majesty, beauty, and splendor we see in the world around us, the earth is so low in comparison to God that He terms it His “footstool.”
A footstool is a place to rest one’s feet, be they clean or dirty, it is a lowly implement in a person’s house. And yet God compares this marvelous world where we live to a mere footstool. And then, astonishingly, He goes on to tell us that of all of the grandeur of the heavens and the earth, His eyes are fixed on the poor and contrite person… who trembles at His word.
He has no regard for position, wealth, or power and yet He has esteem for the person who cares enough about His word to read it and to tremble at it. And so today, I ask you… do you tremble at His word? Do you hold this gift, this treasure, this blessing from God in high esteem?
Would you sacrifice all else – even your own life – if you were asked to compromise His word in order to keep from doing so? If so, then God looks upon you with favor. But for those who dismiss this book, who ignore its words, who diminish its power, God will judge that man and find him guilty.
God holds His word in the highest of esteem. It is the Superior Word which He has graciously granted us the honor of searching out in order to discover His very heart.
And so let us search it out… all the days of our lives, let us revere the word which reveals His Son, who in turn reveals Him to us. And so… May God speak to us through His word today and may His glorious name ever be praised.
I. May the Lord Build this House
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – Jesus
Way… What way?
I am the truth? What truth? Relative truth or absolute truth?
I am the life…What kind of life?
No one comes to the Father… Is the term “no one” being used in a general sense or in the ultimate sense?
What Father is He talking about?
What does, “through Him” mean?
Anyone? So the question here isn’t just whether you believe this Man’s words or not, but what do these words mean? But let’s suppose you know His exact intent. Do you believe Him? If so, why do you believe Him? What is it that would cause you to trust that what He is claiming is actually supportable?
Everything is established on something – a truth or a lie, something sound or something faulty, something vague or something concrete. Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean it isn’t the basis for something else.
A politician’s platform may be based on either the truth or on lies. Depending on which, the people will respect or hate him, fear him or rejoice in him, trust him or shun him.
Scientology was made up by a frustrated author, L. Ron Hubbard, who said that the big money was in religion. And so he made up a religion out of his head and became a zillionaire. Never mind that it has no basis in any reality, people still throw themselves headlong into it for whatever crazy reason fills their head.
A building needs a foundation. The type of foundation makes all the difference in the world in how the building will stand up to time and the elements. Venice Italy was built over a marshland.
And so in order to make the city’s dwelling sound, they had to bore down to bedrock and place poles directly on the hard surface. This kept the houses structurally sound. It’s worked for generations because there was a solid foundation below.
Dams are built in the same way. If the foundation isn’t secure, then the dam will simply burst open and the people downstream will be at the mercy of a sudden flood of water. It will sweep them away in an instant.
The Aswan Dam in Egypt had no bedrock to tie to and so they had to develop a rock and clay foundation. If the Aswan dam ever gives way, Egypt will face utter destruction because almost all of her population lives along the Nile’s banks. That is the reality of a possibly faulty foundation.
Faith has to have a sure foundation as well. People can put their faith in anything they want, but unless it’s built on reality, it’s simply wasted faith. The saying, “All paths lead to God” can’t be true. The reason is because anyone can make up anything, like Scientology, and then that would have to then be a path to God.
The problem is that logical contradictions can’t both be true. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” If Jesus’ words are understood in the greater context of the Bible, then either there is only one way to be reconciled to God, meaning through Him, or He was nuts.
If He was nuts, then He shouldn’t be called a “Great teacher” or a “man of God” as non-Christians love to call Him. Rather, He should be called a blasphemer and person who is more contemptible than Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin.
But… if He was telling the truth, then we should pay attention to Him. Not in a general, “Hey, listen to this guy” sense, but in the sense of complete devotion to His word. Not a portion of His word, not the parts that we like, but to His word – from beginning to end and without dropping anything out or adding anything in.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” From the context of the Bible, we learn that if He is the way – meaning proper spirituality and fellowship with God, then there is no other.
If He is the truth, then He is absolute truth – there is no falsehood in Him. If He is the life, then He is the Source of life, the Giver of that life, the Sustainer of it, and the One who has authority to end it, or allow it to continue at His will.
If He is the Son of God, then the Father is God. And if the only way to come to that Father, who is God, is through Jesus, then there truly is no other way. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to give you the context of the Bible concerning His words.
But that only leads us to another issue. How can we know if the Bible, which provides this context, is true? How could we put our trust in the words of Jesus, if the story leading to Jesus and the Book which records His life is faulty?
This is a problem because people all over the world claim they know Jesus and yet they have no idea what His word says. Thankfully, having a relationship with Jesus, and fully understanding Jesus are two different things.
So, here we have two incorrect ways of dealing with Jesus. The first is to set out to prove or disprove the Bible before committing to Him. The message of Jesus is simple enough to accept at face value, and all of the head-knowledge in the world won’t do a thing to establish that relationship.
If a guy were to set out to determine if a particular woman was right for him as a wife by learning everything about her from beginning to end, he would never come to the point of marrying her – even if she were the perfect woman for him – because he’s still finding stuff out about her from moment to moment. There is enough information in the simple devotion to make a commitment.
Likewise we don’t need to over-analyze Jesus to the point where we never truly meet with Jesus.
But there is a second incorrect, and horrifyingly stupid way of dealing with Jesus. It is to make the commitment and then never to get to know the fullness of why the commitment was so important in the first place. Who would marry a person and then not want to know anything more about that person? Such would be a truly profane individual.
I know, I know – sometimes we find out things about our husband or wife that we wish we didn’t know, but a human spouse cannot in any way compare to our Creator. And yet, we spend more time trying to figure out which team will win the next Super Bowl than we do trying to understand the Lord God Almighty.
Speaking about a sure foundation, here are Jesus’ words from Matthew 7 –
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
So knowing who Jesus is and believing Him is necessary, but hearing His sayings and applying them to our lives is just as important. And the premise of the Bible is that Jesus is,,, He is the Word of God.
en arche en ho logos kai ho logos en pros ton theon kai theos en ho logos – In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
In other words, His sayings aren’t just the words which came off His lips on the Mount of Beatitudes. Instead, they are the words He uttered from the beginning.
His word spoke the universe into existence. His word proclaimed that there should be light. His breath filled the lungs of Adam and brought Him to life. His word established a day of rest for His people, and His word spoke to Israel from Mount Sinai.
He talked with Abraham; He spoke through the hand of Moses; His voice called out to Elijah and all the prophets, and His voice cried out from a manger for His mother’s milk. He is the One who explains the Father to us and He reveals the very heart of God.
His word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. And yet… we fill our house with TV and Facebook, and ignore the true Source of life.
This little building on Superior Avenue is also a house, and it’s been given a name, a title of honor to the Word of God. It’s a pun, meant to remind you where we are, and Who we honor at the same time. It is the Superior Word. Don’t forget where we are… we’re on Superior Avenue, but don’t forget who and what we are here to honor – the Superior Word – Jesus.
And to honor Him, we must honor His word, which is the Holy Bible – it is the record of His glory. We cannot come to know our Groom in all His fullness without the book which reveals Him.
And so when you walk into this front door, you should expect this book to be opened, explained, revealed, studied, analyzed, revered, place in high honor, and never, never compromised – even if it means offense, hatred, or even death to reader or listener.
People have given their lives for it and I am willing to give mine – because it reveals Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
May the Lord build this house. And in the process may the Lord, through this house, build your house. May you be established upon the Rock, so that when the waters of the flood come upon you, there is no fear that they will harm you. May the word enrich your life, fill your soul, and guide your steps.
May it be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. May it fill your mind with delight and your heart with joy as you ponder its words. And may the Lord open it to you in a new and exciting way, each week, as you come through this door, into this house, in order to establish and build your own house.
And may the work of your hands be established in all that you do, so that when you finally lay in rest, waiting for the calling of the Lord to raise you again to life, may the knowledge and pursuit of His Superior Word be a source of eternal rewards. “You sought me in life; now I shall reward you for eternity.” May it be so.
May the Lord build the house. Because if He doesn’t, the builder has truly built in vain.
II. May the Lord Guard this City
1 (con’t) Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
In ancient times, a city had high walls surrounding it. There were gates which allowed people in and out of those cities. They were shut at night, they were shut when enemies were seen in the distance, and in the case of Israel, they were often shut on the Sabbath to keep people from the temptation of trading on, and thus violating, that holy day.
On the walls of the city, within earshot of the gatekeepers, high towers were placed so that a watchman could see far into the distance. And there, like seaman on the top of a high mast at sea, the watchmen would watch. If he fell asleep, was a hired traitor, or simply got distracted by playing with his iPad, the enemy could attack and quickly overtake the city.
But this psalm tells us that even if the watchman were attentive to his duties, even if he stayed awake and alert, unless the Lord guarded the city, the watchman watched in vain. America has it’s own high walls – they are the great seas which divide us, rivers and lakes along our borders which secure us, and mountains and cliffs by which we are sheltered.
America also had walls of intelligence, surveillance, defense, and ears listening on land, at sea, and in the skies above. And yet, our walls were breached on 11 September 2001. We had violated our oaths, broken our covenants, and neglected the God who established us, and we received His warning and His chastisement.
This little building… may it be a home for watchmen and may it be guarded by the Lord. May we never depart from Him, neglect to honor Him, or fail to proclaim His Superior Word accurately and faithfully.
May the Lord’s good and Holy Spirit be with this congregation any time its doors are open. May the one behind this pulpit, be it me or any other preacher or teacher, allow the Lord to guard and guide the watchmen. Otherwise we will have stayed awake in vain.
As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, may the same be true in this house –
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 1 Thess 3
III. The Conduct of Our Lives
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
We all labor for something. But what we labor for can be of profit to us or of no profit to us. In the immediate sense, it’s better to labor for $20 an hour than it is for $10 an hour if we’re doing the same job.
It’s better to labor with a chemical mask if you’re changing chlorine gas cylinders than it is to hope you can hold your breath long enough to finish the task. You can’t – and the death is both horrifyingly painful and pretty certain. In all things, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things…
The book of Ecclesiastes contrasts life lived under the heavens and life lived under the sun. One might think Solomon was schizophrenic unless they understood the context of what he says there. He goes back and forth making a claim about the useless nature of life, and then telling you how great life is.
Unless you understand the premise, he seems to make no sense. But man is given a choice – to spend his days in the utterly foolish attempt of gratifying himself apart from God, or living for God and under His umbrella of love, care, and protection.
The psalmist says that it is vain for you to rise up early, not that it isn’t proper or beneficial, but it is vain. If you are living your life under the sun, then all is vanity and merely chasing after the wind. Rising early to make an extra hour of wages is ultimately futile unless there is an end purpose for your labors.
Likewise, it is vain to sit up late. One can be like Edison who stayed up till the very early hours of the morning inventing and tinkering, but unless there is an end purpose to such a life, all of the invention, achievement, wealth, and pomp will end up forgotten in a wooden box decaying under the clods of the earth.
Solomon said –
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
16 Then I said:
“Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.
17 Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war;
But one sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:13-18
What good was the poor wise man’s wisdom, but the temporary relief from the enemy. In the end, he was neither exalted nor remembered.
Again, the psalmist next tells us that it is vain to eat the bread of sorrows. We can spend all of our effort toiling for money, security, or possessions. We can do so to the point of exhaustion. Such is the eating of the bread of sorrows – all of our efforts are directed towards satisfying temporary pleasures which end with our temporary life. But there is a contrast…
The last thought of the verse says that He, the Lord, gives His beloved sleep. While the world is missing sleep because they have risen early, gone to bed late, and afflicted themselves for profit, there is a place of rest for those whom God loves. Whether we eat much or little, whether we have wealth or live simply, it is all temporary, fleeting, and destined for destruction.
But for those who live for the Lord, who call on Him and pursue Him… for them there is rest. At night when others are toiling, the minds of the faithful are meditating on God’s word, they are directed to the eternal, not the temporary, their eyes are lifted to the hills and not to the grindstone.
This is what I would hope for each of you who determine to attend the Superior Word – pursuing God through His word. By learning it here so that even in your work, you can meditate on it, you can contemplate His blessings, and you can thank Him for His Son. All the toil in the world will end, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
IV. The Legacy We Leave Behind
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Suddenly, as if a complete divergence from the thought of the first two verses, these seemingly unrelated thoughts flow from the hand of the psalmist. He’s told us about the building of a house, the guarding of the city, and the conduct of our lives, and then with no seeming transition, he speaks of children.
But this is exactly as it should be. When a couple get married, the first thing they do is set about working on their house. Unless that home was built by the Lord, it will never be home. Once the home is built, it needs to be kept in guard. For every possession, there is an enemy waiting to take it.
We have a home now, but will we forget the Lord now that it’s built? All of our work will be in vain if we leave Him shut out of our lives. And so we establish our home and our defense on the Lord. But then… then we may forget Him, living in our comfort, secure with our defenses, and so we may pursue money and gain. The Lord becomes an after-thought.
It happens with cities, it happens with people, and it happens with churches. The first love is abandoned and only what can increase our standing is pursued – not the Lord who built the home, and not the Lord who defended it. But for those who are wise, they remained content with His provision, close to His word, and established well in their life under the heavens. So…
The next logical thing to pursue is children. A city will die without them. Family lines will end unless they come. And a church without children will grow old and stagnant. And so the psalmist reminds us that “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord…”
Every person who comes into this church and finds rest is in a sense a child of this church. If this is the Lord’s church, they will be a child of the Lord.
Such fruit of the womb is a reward because they will benefit the church – in prayer, in giving, in fellowship, in times of joy and in times of sadness. They will be a part of the family of God and members of the commonwealth of Israel, with Christ as their head.
These are, according to the psalmist, “like arrows in the hand of a warrior.” When times are tough, they will pull together, not split apart. They will unite and prevail for the sake of each other and the sake of Christ. I’ve been in several churches where the pastor has left or died. In one, the people held together during a long period of waiting for the right man because they were grounded in Christ.
I’ve seen churches hire a new pastor and he has all but destroyed the underpinnings of the church. Instead of the cross of Christ, there is the expectation of a large congregation and a larger salary. The focus says Christ, but the reality is misdirection, misguided theories, and mishandling of the flock under him.
How does this happen? It is from a lack of reliance on the word. A church with ten people who hold fast to God’s word is more pleasing to God than a congregation of 30,000 who pay Him lip service on Sunday morning and ignore Him the rest of the week.
The faithful man and woman of God, the children of the church, are truly arrows in the hand of the Warrior. Christ can, and He will, use you for your good and for His glory. “So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.”
I remember one day at the beach a year or so back. A man came up and started arguing with me in the middle of the sermon. Two of the congregation got right up and headed him off to the sidelines. Another rang for the police on the telly. I was able to sit back down and finish the sermon.
On that day, we had a small congregation, but I was a happy man whose quiver was filled with children of the word. They were a defense to me and as they grow in His word, they will be a defense to souls in need of rest. I would pray today that whatever number congregate in these walls – be it few or many – that they will become a full quiver that we may not be ashamed.
The psalmist concludes his thoughts with these words, “They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” The gate of the city was the place where people entered and exited, but was it was also the place where all important matters were conducted.
Any legal matter would be decided there. The king would honor the victorious returnees of a battle there at the gate. The promises of security and protection for the people would be made there as well. The people of the city founded on God, and who rely on Him for their success in every matter, is the city who is secure and unafraid.
There at the gates of such a city, the people would distinguish themselves as God’s people. Their presence would be made known. Their conduct would honor their family. The father would be exalted, the mother would be respected, there would be harmony among the people.
But there would also be valor among the children. They would be willing to defend their city, to defend their home, and to leave that home when called to attack the enemy at their gates. This is the legacy of the house built by the Lord. It is the city whose walls the Lord guards, whose efforts are directed to life under the heavens, and whose children are properly instructed in the Word of God.
Such a life is a life directed to holiness, to the honoring of Christ, to the glorification of God, and to the preservation and care of His Superior Word. If you are willing to be counted among such an elite class of souls – whose lives are dedicated to the pursuit of all that which is noble, good, and honoring, I would ask the following of you –
To daily commit in your morning to rise and offer praise to God. And then to open His word and read it, and to let it change your life for your good and for His glory. Psalm 119 says this –
My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
Which I love,
And I will meditate on Your statutes.
And then when you go out into the world, to work or enjoy, I would ask that you would walk with the Lord and talk with the Lord. Let every step be a step of worship to Him. Let every word be one of gratitude, praise, or edification – all things which are to be found in these verses from the 119th Psalm
My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand become my help,
For I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.
All day long, if the Lord is on your heart and in your mind, you will be free from the sin which so easily besets and misdirects the ways of your life.
And then when your day is finished, then… comes the time to lay and to pray. It is the time to meditate on God’s word and let it transform you, even in your sleep. The 119th Psalm tells us of such a faithful servant –
Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I remember Your name in the night, O Lord,
And I keep Your law.
If you remember these things each day, and then act accordingly, you will be holy in all your conduct. The Lord will grace you with His love, lavish you with His blessings, and care for you in your afflictions. May this house of God, dedicated to His honor, so inspire you to live such a life all the days of your life.
May the Lord build this house
May the Lord guard this place
May the conduct in these walls be pleasing in His sight
And may we not be ashamed when we consider our legacy
These are the prayers of my heart for the Superior Word, and these prayers include those of you who choose to make this your spiritual home, your place of growth and fellowship, and the place where you honor the exalted name of Jesus Christ.
He is the Son of Adam in His humanity, He is the Son of God in His deity, He is the son of Abraham by promise, He is the Son of Israel in His nationality, He is the Son of David in His kingship, and He is the Lord of Creation in His being. He is Jesus, the Word of God and the Lord of this house.
If you are here today and have never understood your need for Jesus, I would ask for a few more minutes of your time. You can spend the rest of your days living your life under the sun, followed by eternity regretting that vain pursuit. Or you can spend your days living for life under the heavens and eternity having the glory of God’s light shining on you in the New Jerusalem. It is Jesus who makes that possible, so please let me explain that to you now…
Closing Verse: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 1 John 1:1, 2
Next Week: Genesis 37:1-11 (Sheaves of the Field and Stars of the Sky) (92nd Genesis Sermon)
The Lord has you exactly where He wants you and He has a good plan and purpose for you. Call on Him and let Him do marvelous things for you and through you.
Unless the Lord Builds the House
Unless the Lord builds the house
They labor in vain who build it, I say again
Unless the Lord guards the city, then even from a mouse
The watchman stays awake and he does so in vain
It is vain for you to rise up early
To sit up late in the night hours so deep
To eat the bread of sorrows
For so He gives His beloved sleep
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, this is the truth
So are the children that come at the time of one’s youth
Happy is the man who has his quiver
And it is full of them, a feeling so great
They shall not be ashamed, the Lord will deliver
And they shall speak with their enemies in the gate
Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne
And earth is My footstool, so I am blessed
Where is the house that you will build Me, Where is this home?
And where is the place of My rest?
For all those things My hand has made
And all those things exist,” Says the Lord
“But on this one will I look: a glorious trade
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine
And does them, I will liken him to a wise man
Who built his house on the rock, on the Rock divine
Who keeps My Word near to his hand
And the rain may descend, the floods come like a shock
And the winds blow and beat on that house
And it did not fall, for it was founded on the Rock
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine
And does not do them, will be like a foolish man
He ignores the wise counsel and the Rock divine
He who built his house on the sand
And the rain descended, the floods came
And the winds blew and on that house they beat
And it fell, and great was its fall, such the shame
In the house where destruction is complete
And so finally, brethren, pray for us
That the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified
Just as it is with you, as you proclaim Jesus
And carry the word of God, always at your side
Pray that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men
For not all have faith, but the Lord is faithful in what has begun
He is the one who will establish you till the very end
And He will guard you always from the evil one
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him above the heavenly host
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Hallelujah and Amen…