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. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Written by David or Ezra, and placed as a preface to the Psalms ... 126: Ezr 1:4: On the decree of Cyrus 536 … 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. The testimony of Isaiah 25:9 should be our testimony: “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three – a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. The Targum is, "we were like the sick that are recovered;''. 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. Welcome! “Turn again”: A prayer to restore the … Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. God will change your tears to joy. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. And so this first image speaks of a sudden outpouring of God’s blessing. There’s an old saying. Verse 1. 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. Look at verses 1-3: “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Verses 1-2 are in the past tense. Don’t just think about it, don’t just reflect on it, don’t just remember – but marvel at what God has already done for you. No nation known to history, except the Jews, ever did return to rebuild their ancient cities and homes. Why is that hill so honoured? We need to pray this not only for ourselves but for the church. This second part of the psalm teaches you to do three specific things when you find yourself in times of trouble. For whose sake it is (even for his church), that "the Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob" ( Psalms 87:2 ); loveth her more, and so her captivity goeth nearer him, and her deliverance better pleaseth him, than all Jacob besides. In a moment, in an instant God can take away your tears and fill your mouth with laughter and songs of joy. This verse expands on the image of verse 5 and focuses on the sower going forth to work and eventually returning with the harvest in his hands. And then secondly, trust God to do it again. – Lamentations 3:22-23, So that’s the first thing we learn from our psalm this morning – marvel at how God has helped you in the past. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. We will call it, "Leading captivity captive.". When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. This is the first psalm in a new group of three, so we are back to another psalm of trouble. Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming! Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 35:6). And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”. Just like that, God had delivered them. In Jehovah's turning (to) the turning of Zion. Although in all these he did employ Moses and Deborah, Gideon and Jephthah, as instruments for their deliverance; and so it was not Cyrus's valour, but the Lord's power; not his policy, but God's wisdom, that, overthrowing the enemies, gave to Cyrus the victory, and put it into his heart to set his people at liberty; for he upheld his hands to subdue nations. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. We need not instance the histories which illustrate this verse in connection with literal Israel; but it is well to remember how often it has been true to ourselves.