So pray for God’s full restoration and blessing. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Because that’s how God works. PSALM 126:1-3. By Ray Fowler. ... but you can end it on the 4th Sunday of Advent if you do not have a children’s sermon on Christmas Eve. We read these beautiful words in Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Psalm 125. Now, don’t get me wrong, much in life brings joy and laughter. Last year, my wife, Lauren, and I celebrated Halloween with my sister-in-law, her husband, and their two daughters. She lost her husband and both of her sons. So let’s look at the psalm together. Hope has been realized, and people are rejoicing. 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, * we were like those who dream. 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. You can see why this psalm became one of the Psalms of Ascent. Given these multiple contexts, one will find many helpful commentaries at Working Preacher, each making distinctive contributions to our understanding of its message. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. And then 3) Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good. Do you ever feel like your life is a desert? What God had done for Israel was so great that even their enemies praised God. And it is what I think can be so frustrating about God and Faith. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Gordon Churchyard. God has brought his people … 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). 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. We read in Isaiah 52:10: “The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10). And in the same way revival is something only God can do. ( Log Out / Their tormentors demanded songs of joy, but they just sat by the waters of Babylon and wept. He must have wondered if God was through with him, whether there was any joy left on the other side. Notice that verse 3 in Psalm 126 is the only verse in this psalm that is in the present tense. "Tears," Frederick Buechner, Buechner Blog. Though the Israelites have returned to their homeland, they fear for their harvest. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. And like the psalmist in the Psalms of Ascent, we make our way up toward God through a series of up and down movements. The psalm selected for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost, for those traditions and congregations that do not observe Reformation Sunday, is Psalm 126. Are you sowing many tears? (Read Psalm 129:1-8 and pray.) What do you do when you are walking through a time of sorrow? Note: This sermon is the third in a series you can continue through Advent. We find similar language in Isaiah 35:6: “Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. A Song of Ascents. They needed to rebuild the temple and rebuild the walls. 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 notice that after the nations give glory to God, so also does Israel. 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. Thanks for visiting! Commentary, Psalm 126, Rev. It tells you that times of trouble and sorrow do not last. Psalm 126:3(NASB) Verse Thoughts Imagine your country being conquered, your homes destroyed, your possessions taken and you, along with every member of your family being led away captive, into a foreign land for 70 years. Psalm 30:5 says: “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) There has never been a sunset yet that was not followed by a sunrise! The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. 2. 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. Verses 1-2 are in the past tense. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. The text that I have chosen for this morning’s sermon is Psalm 126, our Introit for this morning. When God does a work of deliverance in your life, it brings glory to God and joy for us. Restore us today. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. Psalm 129 is all about persevering through pain, and it is one of the more striking of the psalms of trouble. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” EVANGELISM . Psalms 126:6. Dr. J. Vernon McGee writes… “The Psalms are full of Christ. The Passion Translation (TPT) The Passion Translation®. Welcome! The women living there said, ‘Naomi has a son.’ And they named him Obed. Seventy years is a long time. Two things stand out about this verse: When Cyrus the Great ended their exile, the people of Israel didn’t praise Cyrus, they praised God … Sermon October 7, 2018 Thanksgiving The Rev. It was like a dream come true. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. The Jews had been exiled to Babylon seventy years earlier. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. The second image is that of sowing tears. Psalm 126:5-6 THE PASSION AND THE PROMISE. Pray for God’s full restoration and blessing. Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord A Song of Ascents. Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy Psalm 126: A Psalm of Ascents: From Out of Weeping Comes Great Joy When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, ... Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. 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. Back to Psalm 126 look at verse 2 now: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:2) Before you can understand their laughter and joy, you must first understand their sorrow. The first image points to a work that is all of God – sudden and undeserved blessing. PSALM 126 MEANING VERSE BY VERSE. God had worked a great deliverance for them in the past. 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 … He who goes out weeping, bearing a trail of seed, will surely return with shouts of joy, carrying sheaves of grain. Their vineyards and farmlands had been left largely untended for fifty years, so it took massive effort and a long time to restore them. As the popular Christmas carol says, it is the most wonderful time of the year. Psalm 126 I took the sermon title from an old gospel song written by the nineteenth-century Disciples’ “singing evangelist” Knowles Shaw. Christians should be the most joyful of all people, because God has done great things for us! – Ezra 1:1-4; Job 42:10; Acts 12:9-11, When God delivers you big time, it can feel like you’re in a dream. The captives were back in Jerusalem, but there was still much work to be done. << Psalm 126 >> ©2002-2020 SermonIndex.net That is told us in the first half of the text. We have this beautiful promise from God in verse 5: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5) Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. S. Conway . It was impossible. Throughout all of this, Lilly is watching intently and laughing. Grass and flowers would spring forth suddenly almost overnight. Songs of joy are mentioned twice (see verse 6). When you are drowning in tears and sorrow, you sometimes wonder if you will ever laugh again. Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good. Preaching. Rev. The psalm has two sections that appear to contradict each other. Click here for more messages from the book of Psalms. (Psalm 126:2) Before you can understand their laughter and joy, you must first understand their sorrow. A Song of Ascents. It reads, “Then it was said among the nations ’The Lord has done great things for them,” the nations referring to those who worship other gods and often threatened Israel. If you restore a friendship, it is because it was once broken. The captives experienced great sorrow and mourning in exile. God has done great things for you in the past. The testimony of Isaiah 25:9 should be our testimony: “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. Last week we looked at Psalm 125 which was the first song of Zion in the Psalms of Ascent, and we saw that Zion is a common theme throughout the remainder of these psalms. Psalm 127. Do your friends and neighbors know what God has done for you? 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, “The LORD has done great things for us!” (Psalm 126:3). SermonAudio.com - Psalm 126 Sermons. Neal Mathias. The first way is when God works suddenly and unexpectedly. It even tells you what you should do while you are waiting. Now you need to trust him to do it again. 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. A Pilgrim Song. Psalm 126:6 Sermons: He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves. 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. 3. God will turn your sorrow to joy and your tears to laughter. Being restored is a contrast “like streams in the Negeb” (Psalms 1… Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Commentary for Psalms 126 . It was Lauren’s turn, and my brother-in-law and I decided to play a little joke. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; 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 rejoiced. Change ), Sunday, December 18 – Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, Sunday, December 13th, 2020 – The Advent Dreamers, a sermon on Psalm 126, Sunday, November 29th, 2020 – The Advent Blues, a sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday, November 8th, 2020 – You Have What You Need. A Harvest of Joy. The Context of this Psalm. Now, please, let us read again the text of today’s sermon, Psalm 126.5-6: 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. THE PSALM OF THE SOWING SAINT . The second image points to God working through your efforts – working and waiting. In their place, we put floating chocolate candy bars, plastic spiders, etc. Psalm 56:8 says: “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8) God keeps track of all your tears, and one day he will personally wipe the tears from your eyes. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Pray as though it all depended on God, but work as though it all depended on you. ), We all go through hard times, and sometimes when you are in the thick of sorrow, it feels like it will never end. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9) Or we can sing like Mary did in the New Testament when God chose her to be the mother of Jesus: “For the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49). It was too good to be true. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:4-6). 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. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4), Times of sorrow are hard. 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. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Whole Psalm. Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. You begin to lose hope. (Ezra 1:1-4). 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. 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. Psalm 126:5-6 THE PASSION AND THE PROMISE. and we are glad” (Psalm 126:2-3). Psalm 126:3(NASB) Verse Thoughts Imagine your country being conquered, your homes destroyed, your possessions taken and you, along with every member of your family being led away captive, into a foreign land for 70 years. Sunday, December 11 – Sermon on Psalm 126. Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. And so God brought them back. Psalm 126 - NIV: When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. But then the psalmist makes a turn. It is also another song of Zion. Pilgrims believe that the journey itself is deeper than its physical route. 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). … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 126" I will continue to look for moments of divine restoration happening around us, though they are fleeting. Its use in the psalm also s uggests an event as dramatic as the return from exile. (Psalm 126:6) I. And the second stanza encourages you to trust God to do it again! There were stations along the way where the pilgrims could stop for rest and refreshment. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. And then God did it. 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. They faced discouragement from within and opposition from without. Joy is all over this psalm, which is ironic when you consider it is one of the psalms of trouble. Psalm 126. Those moments when the whole world is invested in the lives of 33 miners and those moments when a little 3 year old girl discovers that she can be funny too. It carries a powerful message of hope. – Genesis 21:6-7; Psalm 137:1-4. 126. Schuyler Rhodes. It is an essential quality of prayer throughout the Scripture. Sarah knew the bitterness of being barren. This is a prayer for revival. A turn that says, “Yes the Lord has done great things for us, but we are not out of the woods yet.” All the psalmist’s verbs begin to shift from past to present. And I swear, you could almost see her start to realize, “Oh, we are putting silly things in the water for Auntie Lauren!” Suddenly, Lilly rushes her little body into the living room and rushes back, giggling her heart out as she struggles to hold up her contribution to the water…..a shoe. Gordon Churchyard. These people, Israel, were freed, but because they were once enslaved. The problem with restoration is having to go through the desperation that calls it forth. PCC was in need of a pastor, and we were living a mile down the road. – Psalm 56:8; Galatians 6:9; 1 Peter 4:19; Revelation 21:4, What do you do in times of trouble? The psalmist begins with a call to remember what the Lord God has done for His people in the past. ————————- We want to have our own castle, somewhere we can hang our hat and raise our kids. 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. Now they needed to trust him to do it again. The First Focus - "The Saints In Light" I. Instead, often we have to look elsewhere for moments of laughter and pure joy. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. And so this first image speaks of a sudden outpouring of God’s blessing. – Ruth 1:20-21, 4:16-17; Psalm 30:5; Isaiah 51:11, 61:1-3. 2. As the popular Christmas carol says, it is the most wonderful time of the year. It tells you that God will turn your sorrow to joy and your tears to laughter. In our time this has been dubbed the Great Aussie Dream. Jesus went to the cross weeping, carrying seed to sow, and he returned from the dead with resurrection songs of joy, carrying sheaves of believers with him. And so the image of sudden streams in the desert now turns to the image of God’s slow but certain work in our lives of sowing and reaping. A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times. But hold on to them, we must, for they are truth. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. In God’s time your sorrow will be lifted, and God will fill your mouth with laughter and songs of joy. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 126 Sermons. Lilly had found her own sense of humor and none of us stopped laughing until our stomachs were good and sore. 2 Come to us as you have before so that we might be filled with laughter and joy yet again. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. We wish it were, but it’s not. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. The Rejoicing Reaper . Click here for more messages from the Psalms of Ascent Series. Isaiah prophesied it. Having described that dream in the first half of the psalm, now in the second half the psalm begins to model the surprising contrast of being restored. 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. The Lord has done great things for them, the nations say. I. Marvel at how God has helped you in the past (1-3). Personally, I find these restorative moments when I am with my nieces. The ending is also missing. Let me tell you right up front, whatever you’re going through, it will get better. The return from captivity for Israel was something only God could do. In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. In fact, he actually thought it was a dream. Just like that! We need to pray this not only for ourselves but for the church. between Joel and Psalm 126, the similarities in thought and general time o f composition are striking. Verses 4-6 are in the future. Scott Gould St. Helen’s Anglican Church West Point Grey Vancouver BC www.pointgreyanglican.com Joel 2:21-27, Psalm 126, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25-33 Psalm 126 Page 782, BCP In convertendo 1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, * then were we like those who dream. Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. The moment that blue, white, and red vessel peeks its head out of that small tunnel, the whole world sighs, saying, “Thank God.”. Psalm 126. He was one who went forth to sow. Pinch me, I must be dreaming! The harvest awaits. Your time of reaping will come. 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. “Come to us, O Lord,” they pray, “and restore our land.” Their fear is that the rain will wash away any seeds because the land is so dry and the seeds cannot take root. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. This psalm shows us not only that “laughter” (Psalms 126:2) and God go together but also God and “joy” (Psalms 126:2-6). Though other chapters of Scripture document remnant Israel returning from Babylonian captivity, the Psalms give us the song that they sang to God. 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, * we were like those who dream. Second, the dream come true: Psalms 126:4-6 develop a model of praying for the dream to come true and a contrast of what it is like when that dream does come true. When the LORD brought back the exiles of Sion, we thought we were dreaming. So she simply stood by and watched. Psalm 126 – Amazed at God’s Work. You can trust God with your tears. This is a picture of sacrificing what little we have for the harvest to come. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this message provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and that you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. When you wake up each morning to tears, and you go to bed each evening with tears, it is difficult to see your way forward. (4-6) Look at verses 4-6: “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. When you are going through a time of deep sorrow, Psalm 126 is strong medicine for your soul. In it, we find a profound sense of gratitude. While the song … Take comfort. Psalm 126:5-6. He proclaimed in Isaiah 51:11: “The ransomed of the Lord will return. They were now back in Jerusalem, back in the holy city, back in Zion, the place where God dwells with his people, and it all felt like a dream. There’s an old saying. Do you share testimonies of God’s goodness with those around you on a regular basis? 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. 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.. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Verse 1:-. One that causes, once and for all, our mouths to be filled with laughter and our tongues to over flow with shouts of joy. When the people of Israel were carried off to Babylon they sowed many tears. Psalm 126 December 6, 2015 “Repentant Joy” Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 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. Hebrews 12:2 tells us: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame.” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus knows the trouble and sorrow we face in this life. A friend of mine recently said to me, “Doesn’t it seem like just when we start to feel a little bit better after one death, another sneaks up on us?”. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. Trust God to do it again! And you can feel the air gush out, deflating you. The first 3 minutes of this sermon were erased in 1979, so it was recorded sometime before that. We must remember what God has done in our lives and in our church. 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. 2) Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? When God rescued Peter from jail in the New Testament, it felt like a dream to him. If you restore the roof of your house, it is because you have been leaked on. Restored the fortunes of Zion, we find a profound sense of humor and none of us laughing. 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