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", This psalm is in its right place and most fittingly follows its predecessor, for as in Ps 125:1-5, we read that the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous, we here see it removed from them to their great joy. 4 At our first conversion what a turning again of captivity we experienced. and may not only literally respect the return of the captives in why not the captivity of Jerusalem, Judah, Israel? 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. alive was to Jacob, ( Genesis --William Bridge, 1600-1670. Psalms 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. The Hebrew noun denotes conversion, in its spiritual sense, and the verb God's gracious condescension in accepting or responding to it. Jerusalem, Judah, Israel, were led away captives, no less than Zion. 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of [] Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Verse 1. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 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. In mine opinion they go near to the sense and true meaning of the Psalm who do refer it to that great and general captivity of mankind under sin, death and the devil, and to the redemption purchased by the death and blood shedding of Christ, and published in the Gospel. Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy. No awakening to find it "but a dream": see. Psalm 126:1, NLT: "A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. When a man is in a good dream, his mouth is not filled with laughter, nor his tongue with praise: if a man be in a bad dream, his mouth is not filled with laughter, nor his tongue with praise; but when a man is restored to health after a great sickness, it is so. 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. --Henry Cowles, in "The Psalms; with Notes", 1872. Hence this joyous surprise. Psalm 126 is the 126th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream", and in Hebrew by its opening words, "Shir HaMaalot". Sunny memories of what the Lord did, "he turned again the captivity", etc. It should seem there is more in Zion's captivity than in the rest, that choice is made of it before the rest. Verse 1. 1. returned the returning. For this kind of speech which the Prophet useth here is of greater importance than that it may be applied only to Jewish particular captivities. Whole Psalm. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. Some dark cloud lowered over the beloved capital, and its citizens prayed "Turn again our captivity. eternal redemption by Christ, of which the deliverance from Whole Psalm. THE PROMISE in Soul-winning Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Then sorrow was gone like a dream, and the joy which followed was so great that it seemed too good to be true, and they feared that it must be the vision of an idle brain. We were like them that dream. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Zion in a spiritual sense, or the church of God, and the interest That is, they thought it was but mere fantasy and imagination. PSALM 126 WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION (RSV) For the title here we have selected the opening line of the RSV. This is beeause we are dealing with Hebrew poetry, with all its attendant difficulties such as unusual vocabulary, poetic syntax --William Digby Seymour, in "The Hebrew Psalter. O Lord. Thus Cajetan, Shindior, and others would have it translated here; and it suits best with the following words, "Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with praise." Psalms 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. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. The word "turn" would seem to be the keynote of the song: it is a Psalm of conversion -- conversion from captivity; and it may well be used to set forth the rapture of a pardoned soul when the anger of the Lord is turned away from it. We were like them that dream. (Title. --Thomos Stint, in An Exposition on Psalms 124-126, 1621. of Special discoveries -- it was true, abiding, etc. He did weaken the loins of kings, and did open the doors before him, he did go before him, and made the crooked places straight; and he did break the brazen doors, and burst the iron bars. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. For what great matter was it for these people of the Jews, being, as it were, a little handful, to be delivered out of temporal captivity, in comparison of the exceeding and incomparable deliverance whereby mankind was set at liberty from the power of their enemies, not temporal, but eternal, even from death, Satan and hell itself? of religion, whose spirits the Lord stirred up to come out of 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. --William Kay, in "The Psalms, with Notes, chiefly exegetical", 1871. "Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south." 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. We know it was but a hill in Jerusalem, on the north side. Meaning to return to the, or meet those returning, as it were, half way. Their deliverance was so great and incredible that when God brought it to pass they were as men in a dream, thinking it rather a dream, and a vain imagination, than a real truth. kingdom; and because they were the godly who were concerned for The policy of those great powers in the East had long been settled, viz., to break up the old tribes and kingdoms of Western Asia; take the people into far eastern countries, and never let them return. Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time “when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion.” This almost certainly refers to the miraculous return of Jewish exiles from Babylonia, which took place when Cyrus, king of Persia, defeated Babylonia and in 538 B.C. Babylon, but the conversion of the Jews in the latter day, and Salem Media Group. Here you may observe that God doth often send succour and deliverance to the godly in the time of their affliction, distress, and adversity; that many times they themselves do doubt of the truth thereof, and think that in very deed they are not delivered, but rather that they have dreamed. Living Between the Advents. The employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is I believe this psalm is yet once more to be sung in still more joyous strain; once more will the glad tidings of Israel's restoration break upon her scattered tribes, like the unreal shadow of a dream; once more will the inhabitants of the various lands from among whom they come forth exclaim in adoring wonder, "The Lord hath done great things for them", when they see Israelite after Israelite and Jew after Jew, as on that wondrous night of Egypt, with their loins girded, their shoes on their feet, and their staff in their hand, hasting to obey the summons that recalls them to their own loved land! A song of ascents. especially the prayer, ( Psalms 126:4 Psalm 126 1 Psalm 126 A song of ascents. # hath…: Heb. &) A Song of degrees. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The Lord who alone turns our captivity does nothing by halves: those whom he saves from hell he brings to heaven. Jeremiah In the reality of their experience. This maketh Zion's captivity to be mentioned chiefly, as chiefly regarded by God, and to be regarded by his people. it seemed too good news to be true, as the news of Joseph's being Joy! 2. set the exiles free to return to Jerusalem. Jeremiah And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. We will call it, "Leading captivity captive.". The Psalm is a Psalm of joy. As we see it was: when they sat by the waters of Babylon, that which made them weep was, "When we remembered thee, O Zion"; that was their greatest grief. whence they are redeemed by Christ, whose work alone it is, ( They, the greater and more general; why not the captivity of them, but of Zion? Title. Verse 1. In other words, its not all, all, all the way up all the time. Verse 1. 3 The LORD … Then in a fuller sense than even at Pentecost our old men shall see visions, and our young men shall dream dreams: yea, all things shall be so wonderful, so far beyond all expectation, that those who behold them shall ask themselves whether it be not all a dream. Isaiah 1:27 ) This verse is the marrow of the whole psalm, occasioned by the return of God's people out of Babel's captivity into their own country. Dreams are unsubstantial things, but "the Lord turned" -- an actual fact. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. called Zion, from the city of David, built on Mount Zion, which This Psalm evidently appears to have been composed in consequence of the proclamation of Cyrus in favour of the Jews, giving them leave to return to … Peter, being imprisoned by Herod, when he was delivered by an angel, for all the light that did shine in the prison; though the angel did smite him on the side and raised him up; though he caused the chains to fall off his hands; though he spake to him three several times, Surge, einge, circunda; "Arise quickly, gird thyself, and cast thy garment about thee"; though he conducted him safely by the watches; and though he caused the iron gates to open willingly; yet for all this he was like unto them that dream. --W. H. J. P. -- Barton Bouchier (1794-1865), in "Manna in the Heart.". ( 59:20 A New Metrical Translation", 1882. 30:3 Jeremiah by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he So, we can be confident from that and this superscription that David wrote Psalm 26. -- A Song of Degrees. "For he wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision": Acts 11:9 . When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion. "Them" is the army that God turned away. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." No nation known to history, except the Jews, ever did return to rebuild their ancient cities and homes. This is right, inasmuch as the deliverance from the captivity of sin and death should in an increased measure excite those feelings of gratitude which Israel must have felt on being delivered from their corporeal captivity; in this respect again is the history of the outward theocracy a type of the history of the church. The same thing happened to the Greeks, when they heard that their country, being conquered by the Romans, had been made free by the Roman consul, P. Quinctius Flaminius. Psalm 126:1-6 A Song of the Ascents. It was he and not Jephthah that delivered them from the Philistines and Amorites after eighteen years' oppression. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. In Jehovah's turning (to) the turning of Zion. 1. the religious captives in Babylon great concern, ( Psalms … And I had to think about it for quite awhile; really think about the meaning. Here the trustor becomes a sower: faith works by love, obtains a present bliss, and secures a harvest of delight. 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. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The Hebrew word signifies to recover, or, to be restored to health. enjoy is in reality or only a vision, as Peter's deliverance from 3. a past act, Ps. Verse 1. It may be they feared the truth of so glad news, and doubted lest they were deceived by some apparition. Joy! INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. Never shall that hour be forgotten. A Song of Ascents. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 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. It is the same word that is used here. ) ; we were like them that dream; They could scarcely believe that they had heard aright. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then ... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. When old Jacob was told by his sons that his son Joseph was alive, his heart failed, and he believed them not; but when he had heard all that Joseph had said, and when he saw the chariots that Joseph had sent, then, as it were, raised from a sleep, and awakened from a dream, his spirit revived, and, rejoicing, he cried out, "I have enough; Joseph my son is yet alive. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. They were looking on each other wonderingly, like sleepers on an empty dream. Verse 1. 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. --John Le Clerc Clericus, 1657-1736. Isaiah 45:1-2 . 126:1; a prayer for YHWH to do it again, Ps. ) ; for the return of the captivity seems to require it should: a Song of drawing upwards", of the drawing (going) up to the heavenly Jerusalem. language, ( Psalms 14:7 ) ( Being in trouble, the gracious pilgrims remember for their comfort times of national woe which were succeeded by remarkable deliverances. These psalms trace the upward ascent of our heart to Gods heart, but its not smooth sailing all the way. 31:23 ) ; and the people redeemed are often signified by We were like them that dream. prison was to him, ( Acts 12:9 ) ; When the When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream." the Lord, ( Isaiah 52:8 ) ( of it, and which the following word seems to confirm; and In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. Psalms 126:1-6 Sowing & Reaping 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come “Bringing in the Sheaves,” a hymn in the Baptist Hymnal was written by Knowles Shaw, is based on the last verse of Psalm 126. ascribed to him. In the endurance of their joy. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. whether they are asleep or awake; and whether what they see and had their liberty upon it, they could hardly tell whether it was The past is ever a sure prognostic of the future; the thing which has been is the thing that shall be: we shall again and again find ourselves amazed at the wonderful goodness of the Lord. 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. 1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. In faet the interpretation of many psalms is more difficult than other parts of the Old Testament. Title. Psalm 126:1, NASB: "A Song of Ascents. Psalm 126:1, KJV: "{A Song of degrees.} -- A Song of Degrees. Why? expressed sometimes by the Lord's bringing again Zion, and In their freedom from disappointment. When the L ord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. Indeed, the passage is not applicable to captives in Babylon, for it is Zion itself which is in captivity and not a part of her citizens: the holy city was in sorrow and distress; though it could not be removed, the prosperity could be diminished. This verse will have a higher fulfilment in the day of the final overthrow of the powers of darkness when the Lord shall come forth for the salvation and glorification of his redeemed. It is the normal word used for "repentance" (see Special Topic: Repentance in the OT) from the basic meaning … a real thing or a vision, and could scarcely believe it for joy; In like manner it was he and not Deborah that freed them for Jabin after they had been vexed twenty years under the Canaanites. 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. 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) The joy of dreams is soon forgotten, but this is "everlasting joy." Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. or "shall be" F16; that is, as persons that know not 137:1-3 ) . Psalm 126 The Psalter still presents major problems of interpretation. It was the promise, "I will bring thee back into this land" ( Genesis 28:15 ), fulfilled beyond all their hope. It was he and not Gideon that brought them out of the hands of the Midianites, after seven years' servitude. 30:18 ) ( 2 "Turning captivity" by no means requires an actual removal into banishment to fill out the idea; rescue from any dire affliction or crushing tyranny would be fitly described as "captivity turned." Augustine interprets the title, "A Song of Degrees, i.e. Happy people to whom ever ascent was a song, every halt a hymn. 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. The captivity of Zion. So sudden and so overwhelming was their joy that they felt like men out of themselves, ecstatic, or in a trance. “Turn again”: A prayer to restore the … of Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. This verse explains that when we pray … When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. No reason in the world but this, -- that upon it the Temple was built; and so, that Zion is much spoken of, and much made of, it is only for the Temple's sake. Zion When the Lord turned again the captivity. Corinthians 3:16 ) ; and may be applied to spiritual and ", Lorinus seems to excuse this their distrust, because they were so over ravished with joy, that they misdoubted the true cause of their joy: like the Apostles, who having Christ after his resurrection standing before them, they were so exceedingly joyed, that rejoicing they wondered and doubted; and like the two Marys, when the angel told them of our Saviour Christ's resurrection, they returned from the sepulchre rejoicing, and yet withal fearing. 45:26 ) ; and so the appearance of Christ, his resurrection, Psalm 126:1 Translation & Meaning. When the Israelites had served in a strange land four hundred years, it was not Moses, but Jehovah, that brought them out of the land of Egypt, and out of the house of bondage. And like the psalmist in the Psalms of Ascent, we m… The Christian's exultation at his deliverance from the spiritual captivity of sin. 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