The LORD had returned the exiles. Now the author asks that the LORD to restore their fortunes.
A Song of Ascents.
NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.
VERSE 1. When the LORD brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream.
like those who dream. When the LORD gives us a great breakthrough, our dreams have come true.
VERSE 2. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
they said among the nations. The wonderful things the LORD does in our lives: they authenticate our claims about the goodness of the LORD.
VERSE 3. The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad.
we are glad. To walk with the LORD is to be filled with joy.
VERSE 4. Restore our fortunes again, LORD, like the streams in the Negev.
sow. For a farmer, to “sow” means to plant seeds. The time of sowing seeds isn’t always a pleasant experience. The hot sun beats down on the farmer, it’s dusty and there’s nothing to show for all the hard work. It is a hard, backbreaking effort. Spiritually, to “sow” is to pray for someone.
tears. When we pray for someone, we should feel emotional compassion for the other person and their plight. We should feel so compassionate for the person we’re praying for that we weep for them. However …
- We do not need to work ourselves into an emotional state, in order for God to pay attention to our prayers.
- The LORD’s answering our prayers is not conditional.
- The LORD does not want us to manipulate him, say by crying on demand.
- God’s grace is not earned by our own works.
reap. For a farmer, to “reap” means to receive the harvest. Its a time to celebrate. Spiritually, the word “reap” means seeing God answer your prayer request. The “harvest” you are reaping is answered prayer.
There is a law of “sowing and reaping” throughout the Bible. We don’t know how to fully reconcile it with grace and mercy. Here are the verses we’ve found »
joy. You feel joy when God answers your prayers.
VERSE 6. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.
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