“Yahweh has done great things (Hebrew: gadal)  for us” (v. 3a). See The Context (above). Their vineyards and farmlands had been left largely untended for fifty years, so it took massive effort and a long time to restore them. F.B. Hence, present distress must not be viewed as if it would last for ever; it is not the end, by any means, but only a means to the end. a. 1–2; 3–4; 5–6; 7–8): Before exploring the meaning of this passage in detail, here is the whole passage for your consideration from the NIV: This is from the New King James Version of The Bible. “and we are glad” (Hebrew: sameah) (v. 3b). we were like those who dream. No sigh, no tear, no prayer, inspired by the Spirit of God can positively be lost or unproductive. 6:16)the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,#Ps. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad. i. “The people knew about the promises of restoration; but when the actual moment of restoration came, it was an overwhelming experience. 3  (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016), Tate, Marvin E., Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 51-100 (Dallas: Word Books, 1990), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. There is a more complete picture of Him in the Psalms than in the Gospels. Sorrow is our sowing, rejoicing shall be our reaping. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then they2 They would sow in tears. i. The Psalms of December’s lectionary: three National Laments — and now, the Sunday after Christmas? In the joy of the present pilgrim gathering, we sense the singers enjoying that harvest, yet wisely understanding that there will be future tears to sow in faith. Shall reap in joy. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, Then our mouth was filled with laughter, i. BIBLICAL COMMENTARY (Bible Study) Psalm 121 EXEGESIS: INTRODUCTION: Psalm 121 encourages pilgrims braving dangerous roads to Jerusalem. In his basket he has seed which is precious to him, for he has little of it, and it is his hope for the next year. []2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. iii. But, while the return was cause for celebration, it introduced a new set of difficulties that are the reason for verses 4-6: 1 When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, “[There are] few transformations more dramatic than that of a dry gully into a torrent. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Then they said2 3 Like your Lord, you shall yet see of the travail of your soul, and be satisfied.” (Meyer), v. Alexander Maclaren wondered how much encouragement and strength “…have been drawn for centuries from the sweet words of this psalm. The church, celebrating and praising God for her return out of … Onlooking nations had to proclaim that the work belonged to Yahweh, and that the work was truly great. Bringing his sheaves with him. In Psalm 126, the memory of those singing, laughter-filled days of the past becomes, not nostalgia, but the ground of a strong hope for even better days to come.” (Boice). 29:14; Hos. i. Then they said among the nations, He, as it were, thanks the Gentiles for teaching him that word.” (Maclaren). 126 When the Lord brought back [] the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. “They desired that their return might be as rapid and as abundant as the waters of those rivers.” (Clarke), iv. “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves” (v. 6). 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 to Zion." Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Those streams could appear suddenly and rush with a mighty flow, sometimes known as flash floods. i. This is one of 15 psalms (120-134) that begin with this superscription. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014), Gower, Ralph, The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Chicago: Moody Press, 1987), Kidner, Derek, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 73-150, Vol. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. “It remained a vivid national memory (cf. The returning exiles (under Ezra or David) realized there was much work yet to do, and the restoration had only yet begun. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. “These foreigners were no dreamers; though they were only lookers-on, and not partakers in the surprising mercy, they plainly saw what had been done, and rightly ascribed it to the great Giver of all good.” (Spurgeon). But it is also possible that it is a prayer that Yahweh would restore Israel to its former prosperity. Psalm 126 New King James Version (NKJV) A Joyful Return to Zion A Song of Ascents. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. When the Lord, &c.- … Psalm 126:5-6. 85:1; Jer. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Psalm 126 Commentary by Brad Boyles Dr. J. Vernon McGee writes… “The Psalms are full of Christ. The goyim (nations) have affirmed Yahweh’s actions in behalf of Israel, and Israel has also acknowledged them. The word sameah means to be filled with joy––to be exuberantly joyful. Bearing seed for sowing, Cross References Psalms 128:6 Yes, may you … ii. We want to reap the joy without ever having sown the tears. Psalm 126:1 Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord 1 When a the LORD brought back 1 the captivity of Zion, b We were like those who dream. With wisdom the psalmist reminded himself and all of us that great joy is often preceded by a season of tears, as if they are seeds we sow that will bring a crop of joy to be later reaped. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Meyer noted that some farmers soak (steep) their seeds before sowing them, and then applied the idea: “It is well when Christian workers steep their lessons and addresses with their prayers and tears. “Their [reluctant] acknowledgment is caught up triumphantly by the singer. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. At times Christian revival has been described in these terms. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,