Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come is a sermon about letting go of the past, taking inventory of the present and looking to the future. The paragraphing of the composition was understood by Spurgeon as: "(1) a narrative (Psalms 126:1-2); (2) a song (Psalms 126:3); (3) a prayer (Psalms 126:4); and (4) a promise (Psalms 126:5-6)."[4]. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. With rejoicing … - Then his tears will be turned to joy. This passage is an appeal to the evidence of God's power in nature. The Lord hath done great things for us - All that the people around us say is true. God's former blessings are a pledge of others yet to come. The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Dr. J. Vernon McGee writes… “The Psalms are full of Christ. The thoughts of this psalm may likewise have been suggested by the extreme danger which frequently attends the farmer in his plowing and sowing. He that goeth forth and weepeth - He that goes forth weeping - still an allusion to the farmer. Those to whom this pertained would see it more clearly than those who had merely observed it. Cyrus himself led the way in proclaiming, not himself, but God as the author of Israel's return to Jerusalem. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. This psalm is generally thought to have been written by Ezra, or some good man returned from the Babylonish captivity, and on account of it: the inscription in … "Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south." The psalmist, however, expresses entire confidence that there would be such interposition, and that, though then in trouble, they would have joy, such as the farmer has who goes forth sowing his seed with weeping, and who comes with joy in the harvest, bearing his sheaves with him, Psalm 126:5-6. We see it; we feel it; we acknowledge it. Please explain Psalm 126:5-6. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Whole Psalm. Psalms 126 Commentary, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. "[3] There are also a number of other scholarly "guesses"; but none of them carries any particular authority. There is more in his redemption, his conversion, his peace and joy, than they do or can perceive, and with emphasis he himself will say, “The Lord has done great things for me.”. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned … 118,119) will furnish an illustration of the meaning of this passage: “I never saw people sowing in tears exactly, but have often known them to do it in fear and distress sufficient to draw them from any eye. When the country is disturbed, or the government weak, they cannot sow these lands except at the risk of their lives. As God made his people free, (either from Sennacherib or from Babylon) so God has made us free. Isaiah wrote that, "As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children" (Isaiah 66:8). In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. A song of ascents. Polybius, in describing the joy of the Greeks when unexpectedly rescued from the Macedonians, says, "Most of the men could scarcely believe the news, but imagined themselves in … It is one of the fifteen Songs of Ascent in the Book of Psalms… Not only are they on the .way back home, but the all-powerful Medo-Persian monarch Cyrus is financing their return, sponsoring and encouraging it in every way possible. Commentary, Psalm 126 (Lent 5C), Mark Throntveit, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013. 1 (A Song of degrees.) As you read Psalm 126, remember that the *Jews’ return to their country is a picture for us. To understand this, you must remember what I just told you about the situation of the arable lands in the open country; and here again we meet that verbal accuracy: the sower goes forth - that is, from the village. WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION (RSV). This must indeed have been an understatement. As the streams in the South (the Negeb).". Thus it is in respect to the toil of the farmer; the cares and anxieties of the student; the work of conversion and repentance; the labors of the Christian pastor; the efforts of the Sabbath-school teacher; the faithfulness of the Christian parent; the endeavors of a church for a revival of religion; the zeal and sacrifice of the Christian missionary. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; … The reference clearly is to those who were returning to Zion, and the psalmist fixes his eye on them as returning, and immediately says that it was the Lord who had thus restored them. Then it was said among the nations, … See Job 8:21. The soil is rocky, impracticable, overgrown with sharp thorns; and it costs much painful toil to break up and gather out the rocks, cut and burn the briers, and to subdue the stubborn soil, especially with their feeble oxen and insignificant plows. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the … Indeed, they always go forth in large companies, and completely armed, ready to drop the plow and seize the musket at a moment‘s warning; and yet, with all this care, many sad and fatal calamities overtake the people who must thus sow in tears. "The tearful sowing is only an emblem of the new foundation-laying which really took place, not without many tears (Ezra 3:12), amid sorrowful and depressed circumstances. 126:4b This is a geographical metaphor related to water channels in the desert (i.e., Negev) called wadis. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-126.html. Dr. Philip W. McLarty If … Then it was said among the nations, … The Gospels tell us that He went to the mountain to pray, but the Psalms … Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. It was a work of toil and tears, but there would be joy, like that of the harvest, when, their long journey over they should again come to their native land. In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted … “Turn again”: A prayer to restore the … ... 6 W. Dennis Tucker, “Commentary on Psalm … No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. The joy of heaven will be more than a compensation for all this. "[18] And what does it say to us? It is thought that the Jewish pilgrims sang these psalms … An assemblage of young converts is always a happy assemblage; a place where there is a “revival” of religion is always a happy place - full of songs and singing. (Psalm 126:2) Before you can understand their laughter and joy, you must first understand their sorrow. Diligent work, the good seed which is the Word of God, and tearful earnestness on the part of the sower are the certain pledges of a bountiful harvest, when "We shall come rejoicing, Bringing in the Sheaves.". Whereof we are glad - It fills our souls with joy. # 126:1 Or those restored to … "[11] If the occasion was what it here seems to be, Malachi has the explanation of why the people might have been praying for prosperity. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. As the streams in the south - In the southern parts of Palestine, or in the regions bordering it on the south - Idumea and Arabia. The calamity which fell upon the farmers of Job when the oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away, and slew the servants with the edge of the sword Job 1:14-15, is often repeated in our day. Was he not the one who really engineered the whole business? "When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, Jehovah hath done great things for them.". This sentiment, "Coincides with the Preacher on the Mount, `Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted' (Matthew 5:4)."[13]. A song of ascents. No! As Delitzsch noted, the primary reference here is to the tearful hardships endured by the returnees from Babylon. (2 Timothy 2:26). He has made us … This verse explains that when we pray … Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. This would indicate that the surrounding people had not an unfriendly feeling toward them, but that they pitied them in exile, and were disposed to acknowledge the hand of God in what was done. (Malachi 3:8-10). "[2] Nevertheless, we accept the RSV rendition here as correct, because Christ himself used the expression, "release of the captives" as an idiom for saving people from sin (Luke 4:18). Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. There is a more complete picture of Him in the Psalms than in the Gospels. [10] However, we cannot accept such a view as a legitimate meaning of what is written here. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. It was evidently, however, written not long after the return, and by someone who had been personally interested in it, for the author manifestly, in describing the feelings of the people Psalm 126:1-2, speaks of himself as one of them, or as participating in those feelings which they had when the exile was closed, and when they returned to their own land. Ibrahim Pasha did this more than once within my remembrance, copying the example, perhaps, of his great predecessor in Egypt when the seven years‘ famine was ended. The Christian Hymn entitled "There shall be Showers of Blessing"[12] is based upon these precious words. Shall doubtless come again - Shall come to this sown field again in the time of harvest. Psalms 126:2 Signs of joy. Compare Isaiah 9:3. "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. "[17], Thus, as Kidner noted, "The psalm, speaking first to its own times, speaks still. The water courses in the Negeb (desert) all dry up during the dry season, but spring to life when the rains come. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? These being filled with water was imagery of a great blessing of future agricultural abundance (cf. ", "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 126:4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. If this is understood of the returning Hebrews - coming back from the captivity in Babylon - all must see how appropriate is the language; if it be applied to a sinner returning to God, it is no less suitable, for there is nothing that so fills the mind with joy as a true conversion to God. The whole was to be traced to God. Return, O Lord, our captivity like rivulets in arid land. Young converts - those “turned” from sin to God - sing. Then was our mouth filled with laughter - Then were we happy; completely happy. Josephus gives this account of the edict of Cyrus. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of … Bibliography InformationBarnes, Albert. It is like taking bread out of the mouths of their children; and in such times many bitter tears are actually shed over it. Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are … The captives in that passage were primarily those whom the Devil had made "captive" to do his will. "They were robbing God"! We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, “we were comforted.” The meaning is, “It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real.” This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. The design of this illustration was, undoubtedly, to cheer the hearts of the exiles in their long and dangerous journey to their native land; it has, however, a wider and more universal application, as being suited to encourage all in their endeavors to secure their own salvation, and to do good in the world - for the effort is often attended with sacrifice, toil, and tears. Never before, in the whole history of the human race, had there ever been anything like this; and, we might add, there's never been anything like it since then! This song is titled A Song of Ascents.Like the others in the series of 15 Songs of Ascents, it was especially appropriate for those pilgrims on their way to … 126:5-6 The promise of abundant water in Ps. "We were like unto them that dream" (Psalms 126:1). Psalm 126. Then he will gather the golden grain, and the wain will groan under the burden, and the sheaves will be carried forth with songs of joy. There is nothing in the psalm that can be applied exclusively to the return of Israel from the captivity; but, at the same time, there is nothing to exclude that example of God's restoring the fortunes of Israel. This is natural; this is proper; this will occur when sinners are converted. This will agree well with the account of the return of the exiles from Babylon, and with all that had been done for them by Cyrus. There is a genuine spiritual truth in this passage which was immortalized by the great Christian Church preacher, Knowles Shaw, in his hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves."[16]. 1983-1999. Some question Josephus' writings; but the pertinent question is, "If Cyrus did not indeed give God the honor of ordering the return of Israel, how can we account for the fact that the Gentile nations of the world of that period ascribed the honor to God instead of to Cyrus? (Read Psalm 126:1-3) It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Right here is the secret of the ineffectiveness of many Christian people's influence over others. Also, there is a key verse in the understanding of this idiom in Job 42:10 which reveals that, "God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends; and God gave Job twice as much as he had before." It is, of course, now impossible to determine precisely to what this refers. Wherefore we take this Psalm to be a prophecy of the redemption that should come by Jesus Christ, and the publishing of the gospel, whereby the kingdom of Christ is advanced, and death and the devil with all the powers of darkness are vanquished. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Who the author was, it is in vain now to conjecture. It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm … We reject as ridiculous the notion that back of this verse is, "The ancient myth of the death of the god of fertility,"[15] and that the wailing when the sower sowed the seed made it fertile! 126… He will be abundantly rewarded for all his toil; he will see the fruit of his labors; he will be filled with joy. But, why did they not give the honor to Cyrus? 1870. The particular, allusion here is to the exiles, in their long and weary march to their native land. Chapter 126 It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm was penned, most likely their return out of Babylon in Ezra’s time. Compare Ezra 1:1-4. 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