Now, my niece Lilly, who was 3 years old at the time, was unwilling to do any activity that seemed messy or dirty….such as shoving your face into a bucket of water filled with apples. It is a much needed reminder of how God brings us from tears to joy. 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. But nothing is wasted in God’s economy. Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. It reminds us that even in times of sorrow, there is work to be done, and that good work will bear good fruit in our lives. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. And this is the first of two images that the psalmist uses to speak of how God works in our lives. Personally, I find these restorative moments when I am with my nieces. The pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem each year for the feasts would have been acutely aware that this was the same route the captives had taken when they returned. The Israelites were restored out of Babylon and back to their homeland, but now they were in need of restoration yet again. We want to have our own castle, somewhere we can hang our hat and raise our kids. So often, I think that is the life of faith, being restored but than needing restoration once again. Just like that! Psalm 126:1-6, Psalm 145:2-11 Glenn Van Ekeren tells an old legend about a servant whose master died and left him a bag full of blessings. The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, “The LORD has done great things for us!” (Psalm 126:3). Desperation is the scene now. << Psalm 126 >> ©2002-2020 SermonIndex.net A Song of Ascents. It’s the difference between God’s miracles and God’s providence. S. Conway . It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. Joy is mentioned four times in this psalm. It was impossible. Intro: Ill. Seventy years is a long time. Verse 1:-. 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). In their place, we put floating chocolate candy bars, plastic spiders, etc. (4-6) 1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. 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?”. And in the same way revival is something only God can do. WHAT HE WAS FORMERLY. PSALM 126 MEANING VERSE BY VERSE. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. 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. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 126 Sermons. Thanks for visiting! And so God brought them back.       – Psalm 56:8; Galatians 6:9; 1 Peter 4:19; Revelation 21:4, What do you do in times of trouble? Note: This sermon is the third in a series you can continue through Advent. Because it isn’t long before you are walking a friend through an early divorce or cooking for the family of one suffering from a brain tumor. Psalms 126:6. And so this first image speaks of a sudden outpouring of God’s blessing. Ask God to pour out his Spirit in your life like streams in the Negev. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. The psalm basically has two stanzas with two main ideas.    – 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. 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. The first stanza encourages you to marvel at how God has helped you in the past. Joy is all over this psalm, which is ironic when you consider it is one of the psalms of trouble. Verses 4-6 are in the future. Though other chapters of Scripture document remnant Israel returning from Babylonian captivity, the Psalms give us the song that they sang to God. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. 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. Instead, often we have to look elsewhere for moments of laughter and pure joy. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Now, don’t get me wrong, much in life brings joy and laughter. – 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. 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. You begin to wonder, “Is this all that God has for me? 2) Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. The captives experienced great sorrow and mourning in exile. 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. Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy Click here for more messages from the book of Psalms. Now they needed to trust him to do it again. Psalm 126:6 "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him]." But now by an amazing work of God they were suddenly back in Zion. In fact, he actually thought it was a 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. Worked a great opportunity to have our own castle, somewhere we can hang our hat and raise our.. 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