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He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:16-17) God restored her joy, and they no longer called her Mara, but Naomi again. Click here for more messages from the Psalms of Ascent Series. They were in shock. And it is what I think can be so frustrating about God and Faith. A song of ascents. Instead, often we have to look elsewhere for moments of laughter and pure joy. It was like a dream come true. One in which all the nations might proclaim, “The Lord has done great things for us.”  I wonder what that will look like? The psalm has two sections that appear to contradict each other. When God rescued Peter from jail in the New Testament, it felt like a dream to him. ( Log Out /  Come to us as you have before so that we might be filled with laughter and joy yet again. For example, if you are ill, you should pray for healing, but you should also go to the doctor and take the appropriate medications. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Commentary, Psalm 126, Rev. We all start laughing and giggling while Lauren slowly figures out what is going on as she giggles and aimlessly bobs in this vat of water. Do you feel the tension in this psalm between verses 1-3 and 4-6? That’s what we see in verses 2-3: “Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:2-3), “It was said among the nations.” What God did for Israel was so amazing that even the surrounding nations had to sit up and take notice of what God had done and give God the glory. They faced discouragement from within and opposition from without. As the popular Christmas carol says, it is the most wonderful time of the year. Psalm 126-- Psalm 126-- Schuyler Rhodes-- 2009 There's nothing quite as wonderful as looking at an old car that's been restored to its former luste Lent 5 -- Psalm 126 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006 One that causes, once and for all, our mouths to be filled with laughter and our tongues to over flow with shouts of joy. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. And we read in Ruth 4: “Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. Psalm 126:5-6 THE PASSION AND THE PROMISE. Whole Psalm. If Psalm 126 was written after the return from exile in 539, about a hundred years separate the first wave of returnees from the arrival of Nehemiah in 445.       – Psalm 56:8; Galatians 6:9; 1 Peter 4:19; Revelation 21:4, What do you do in times of trouble? Psalm 127:1: Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; The Great Australian Dream. Some of them had been born in exile. How can you sing when you are held captive in a foreign land? That’s what we see in verse 1: “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.” (Psalm 126:1), The year was 538 B.C. Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called “Stepping Stones to God’s Heart.” These psalms trace the upward ascent of our heart to God’s heart, but it’s not smooth sailing all the way. This psalm is written to help you discover the secret of joy. (Psalm 126:6) I. Thanks for visiting! (Matthew 5:4) II. 126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Look at verses 1-3: “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good. Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. Though the Israelites have returned to their homeland, they fear for their harvest. When the LORD brought back the exiles of Sion, we thought we were dreaming. Ask God to pour out his Spirit in your life like streams in the Negev. Come to us, O God so that we might be filled with a laughter and joy that is sustaining. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. So let’s look at the psalm together. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:4-6). He who goes out weeping, bearing a trail of seed, will surely return with shouts of joy, carrying sheaves of grain. For seventy years they endured exile in a foreign land. Psalm 126:5 Or “sow their seeds with tears.” A sower weeps when he sows his precious seed while his children are hungry. Psalm 129 is all about persevering through pain, and it is one of the more striking of the psalms of trouble. --Thomos Stint, in An Exposition on Psalms 124-126, 1621. This is God’s promise to you. Psalm 126 says you will! 1) Pray for God’s full restoration and blessing. Psalm 126:2 R. Tuck 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 a dream as they listened to what was said, so extraordinary and miraculous it seemed to them." Keep Awake. Psalm 126 – Amazed at God’s Work. The psalm basically has two stanzas with two main ideas. When I read this psalm I also think of Jesus and his sermon at Nazareth where he took these beautiful words from Isaiah 61 and made them his own: “The Lord has anointed me … to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:1–3), Are you going through a time of sorrow? 126. As Charles Spurgeon once said: “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. They are both examples of God working but in different ways. It was all they knew. You begin to wonder, “Is this all that God has for me? 1. He was one who went forth to sow. Do you ever feel like your life is a desert? 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.. 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.. 126:4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. Verse 3 expresses joy in the present based on remembrance of the past and hope for the future. It is likely that this text is referring to the Israelites who were freed from the Babylonian exile and returned to their homeland. Psalm 126 I took the sermon title from an old gospel song written by the nineteenth-century Disciples’ “singing evangelist” Knowles Shaw. This is but a repetition and confirmation of what is before expressed in different words; and may be applied, as to a praying saint, so to a faithful preacher of the word. Preaching. A Song of Ascents. While the song … By Ray Fowler. Grass and flowers would spring forth suddenly almost overnight. Do your friends and neighbors know what God has done for you? This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. Joy is all over this psalm, which is ironic when you consider it is one of the psalms of trouble. (Ezra 1:1-4). Trust God to do it again! The ending is also missing. WHAT HE WAS FORMERLY. In fact the word “Negev” actually means “dry or parched.” But in the winter and spring, rains could suddenly send waters rushing through the desert. He must have wondered if God was through with him, whether there was any joy left on the other side. God says in Joel 2:25: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” (Joel 2:25) Pray for God’s full restoration and blessing. We live in a time and a place, when something like harvesting food rarely causes any of us to shout for joy. The psalmist begins by remembering the past, “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion.”  And right there, immediately we should say to ourselves, “Oh, these are people who know desperation.”  Their fortune has been restored, because it once was missing. In other words, it’s not all, all, all the way up all the time. The captives experienced great sorrow and mourning in exile. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. S. Conway . When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. According to Matthew Henry, it was likely written upon the return of the Israelites from Babylonian captivity. Psalm 127. I experienced a similar feeling when the Lord led us back here to Plantation Community Church. Psalm 126. But those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. We must remember what God has done in our lives and in our church. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. The harvest awaits. She lost her husband and both of her sons. A farmer may weep due to the drudgery of his labor, but after the ground has been tilled, the seed planted and the harvested brought in, the same farmer returns from the same field rejoicing in the fruit he has received. 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. Suddenly, we are sighing, “Come to us, O Lord, we are in need of restoration once again.” It seems to me that the life of faith is one of being restored but than needing restoration yet again. Psalm 126:5-6. Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times. It tells you that times of trouble and sorrow do not last. A Pilgrim Song. We read these heartbreaking words in Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 126. www.easyenglish.bible. Psalm 126 is one of a collection of poems (Psalms 120-134) known as the “Songs of Ascents.” These most likely did not all originate from a single source or for some unified purpose, but were rather collected together for some common use While interpreters cannot be one-hundred percent sure, the best guess is that the psalms of ascents were collected together in order for the faithful to use when they … And then secondly, know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. It is an essential quality of prayer throughout the Scripture. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. Psalm 126 has a rich lectionary tradition, used for worship during Lent, after Pentecost, and here on the third Sunday of Advent. The Jews had experienced seventy long years in captivity, and then in a moment, God turns things around. There is a more complete picture of Him in the Psalms than in the Gospels. Desperation is the scene now. Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. Personally, I find these restorative moments when I am with my nieces. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”. I think of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, in the Old Testament. THE PSALM OF THE SOWING SAINT . Psalm 126 – Amazed at God’s Work. In a moment, in an instant God can take away your tears and fill your mouth with laughter and songs of joy. If you restore the roof of your house, it is because you have been leaked on. © Ray Fowler. Psalm 126:5-6 THE PASSION AND THE PROMISE. In fact, he actually thought it was a dream. In fact some of the most heartbreaking passages in the Bible have to do with the exile of the Jews to Babylon – passages in the book of Lamentations or like Psalm 137. Intro: Ill. Then you need to pray for God to restore you. This was a normally dry and arid land. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 126 Sermons. Look at verse 6: “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6). Psalm 126 PSALMS OF ASCENTS It so often feels fleeting. If you restore a painting, it is because layers of grim have collected upon its surface for decades, muddying the bright colors and the intricate details. And so this first image speaks of a sudden outpouring of God’s blessing. Verse 1:-. Back to Psalm 126 look at verse 2 now: Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. EVANGELISM . Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. And one day we will leave all the sorrows of this world behind for the eternal joys that await us in heaven. The testimony of Isaiah 25:9 should be our testimony: “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. Psalm 126:1-6. “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5), C. Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good Neal Mathias. God will turn your sorrow to joy and your tears to laughter. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11), When I read this psalm I think of Naomi in the book of Ruth who sowed many tears. And then suddenly, God made his plan clear. We read in Job 42:10: “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10) Now Job went through far more than you or I ever will. 126 The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us Revised Grail Psalter Text: R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:1-6: Like Them that Dream: S. Conway : Psalm 126:1-6: The History of a Soul: S. Conway : Psalm 126:1-6: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. If the pagans nations could give glory to God for what he had done, we better do our job too! One of our traditions is bobbing for apples. God will change your tears to joy. These verses remind us of our responsibility to tell others what God has done for us.       – Genesis 21:6-7; Psalm 137:1-4. Click here to return to the Sermons page. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. That’s what this first image of “streams in the Negev” means. Verses 1-2 are in the past tense. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137:1-4). Sowing in tears is difficult. God will turn your tears to joy. For any web postings, please link to the sermon directly at this website. If you restore the roof of your house, it is because you have been leaked on. The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, “The LORD has done great things for us!” (Psalm 126:3). I wonder what that would be like for the nations, a collection of people who do not believe in the same god, and who often battled each other for power and control, to say the same thing to one another, “The Lord has done great things.”  I imagine it is something like last year when the whole world was crowded around computer screens and televisions just to see that first Chilean miner brought to the surface of the earth. Schuyler Rhodes. And the second stanza encourages you to trust God to do it again! If you have ever watch a young child discover his or her own sense of humor, than you know the profound sense of joy it can bring. II. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:1-3) This first stanza encourages you to marvel at how God has helped you in the past. Lilly had found her own sense of humor and none of us stopped laughing until our stomachs were good and sore. 126:1 {A Song of degrees.} Look at verse 4 where the psalmist prays: “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.” (Psalm 126:4) That word “restore” is the same word that is translated “brought back” in verse one. Dr. J. Vernon McGee writes… “The Psalms are full of Christ. 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