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. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. I will say it again: Rejoice!" It has been said to present an "enigmatical contrast" (Cheyne) in its two portions. Verse 4.—"As the streams in the south." Go tell the story. Verse 1.—"The captivity of Zion." Yes, good husbandman, doubtless you will gather sheaves from your sowing. Verse 4.—Believers, rejoicing in their own deliverance, solicitous for a flood of prosperity to overflow the church. In seasons of great scarcity, the poor peasants part in sorrow with every measure of precious seed cast into the ground. Historical Books Spurgeon. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. Major Prophets So when the eye, that earthen vessel, hath been filled with water brim full, then Christ will turn the water of tears into the wine of joy. "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." TITLE. 2. So though no ground appears whence such rivers should flow, yet let our salvation be as rivers in the south, as rivers fetched out of the clouds, and dropped in an instant immediately from the heavens. Pentateuch Verses 4-6 are in the future. Sure God is a better paymaster than the earth: grace doth give a larger recompense than nature. He drops a seed and a tear, a seed and a tear, and so goes on his way. Psalm 128 Exposition Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher. They wept as they prayed for the return of the captivity. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. This was first spoken unto the Jews; for this laughter was first offered to that people, then having the promises. And we have been made glad.". Remark. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. "Behold," saith Peter to Christ, "we have forsaken all, and followed thee" (Mat 19:27); this is the seeding. The Old Testament Heaven is the Christian's summer. 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. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. These people not only laughed, but their mouth was filled with laughter; they could not laugh loudly enough, there was no expression of articulate speech that sufficed them at all: “Then was our mouth filled with laughter,” —. This is a figurative description of that which was literally described in the first three verses. To have a good crop on earth, we desire a fair seedtime; but here a wet time of sowing shall bring the best harvest in the barn of heaven. We thought that we were dreaming; we could hardly believe our eyes, when at the command of Cyrus, king of the Persians, we had returned to our own land. Poetical Books They did not deny the statement which reflected so much glory upon Jehovah: with exultation they admitted and repeated the statement of Jehovah's notable … Verse 2.—"Then was our mouth filled with laughter," etc. That which is spoken in the previous verse in the plural—"they," is here repeated in the singular—"he." The New Testament Turn our captivity, O Jehovah, At our first conversion what a turning again of captivity we experienced. The similitude is this: Like as by the mighty hand thou broughtest to pass miraculously that the waters were dried up and consumed, so dry up, O Lord, and bring to nothing all our captivity. Mark what love for them he had!" Returning: "He shall doubtless come again. Irrepressible mirth could do no other than laugh, for speech was far too dull a thing for it. You shall come back rejoicing though you go forth now sorrowing, for the Lord has said it; wherefore be of good courage. Sermon from Psalm 126 – Captive! Many dear saints in ancient times experienced this. Because it was so great a deliverance from so great and lasting a bondage, it seemed too good to be true. 2. Psalm 126. The New Testament 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.". why not the captivity of Jerusalem, Judah, Israel? Verse 4.—"Turn again our captivity, O LORD." Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. Poetical Books Wisdom Literature This people was in Zion, and, after the outward show of the kingdom and priesthood, did mightily flourish; but if a man consider them according to the spirit, he shall see them to be in miserable captivity, and that their tongue is full of heaviness and mourning, because their heart is terrified with the sense of sin and death. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. No worldling, when he sows his seed, thinks he shall lose his seed; he hopes for increase at harvest. of Scripture. 5. Obedientia in tetris, regnabit in coelis,—he that serves God on earth, and sows the seed of obedience, shall in heaven reap the harvest of a kingdom. a) His activity—"he goeth forth." The captivity had been great, and great was the deliverance; for the great God himself had wrought it: it seemed too good o be actually true: each man said to himself. When God reveal'd his gracious name O Lord. "The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Call it rather a robbery of God. [Philippians 4:4] Charles Spurgeon: Joy [06] Joy at Conversion - "The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Then shall every man receive the fruit of his works, and have praise of God. This the Lord can do for any of us, and he can do it at once, for nothing is too hard for the Lord. The psalm begins, “When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream. Amen. works written about the 126 psalm. Whole Psalm. By how much his affliction surpassed the natural measure of human grief, when he underwent for our sakes the dread realities of death and judgment; by so much shall the fulness of his pure delight as the eternal blesser of his people excel their joy (yet what a measure, too, is there!) psa 126:0. Ibrahim Pasha did this more than once within my remembrance, copying the example, perhaps, of his great predecessor in Egypt when the seven years famine was ended. Psalm 127 is the 127th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Except the Lord build the house".The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is known as Psalm 126 in a slightly different numbering system. The Lord now and then gives testimony of a full deliverance to his own people, especially of the deliverance of Sion, and lets them taste of the sheaves which they have reaped. Where else should we go but to him who has done such great things for us? 1. 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. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Hints to the Village Preacher. Historical Books His certain harvest-time - "shall doubtless come again." Suddenly and plenteously the people filled again the temple courts. We know it was but a hill in Jerusalem, on the north side. Psalm 128 follows Psalm 127 for the same reason as Psalm 2 follows Psalm 1. #fiveminutesintheword; #dailydevotional; #faithlifestudybible. Verse 1.—We were like them that dream. And so it is with the children of God in a good cause. Now see, what effect this strange disappointment of their fears had upon their hope for afterward. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. Ye must resolve to undergo hazards also, in life, lands, movables, or whatsoever else ye have in this world: rather hazard all these before either religion be in hazard, or your own souls. He magnified them, or set greatly by them, tor whom he would bring to pass so great a work. The reason is this, because the south is a dry country, where there are few springs, scarce a fountain to be found in a whole desert. Sow beans in the mud, Here is one of the Lord's shalls and wills; it is freely given both to workers, waiters, and weepers, and they may rest assured that it will not fail: "in due season they shall reap. ", David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Revelation 4-6 (1982-85 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Expostion of John the Baptist (Chuck Missler), Sermon on the Mount Part 1 (Chuck Missler), Intro. This psalm seems to be a joint thanksgiving and complaint, composed soon after the return from the Captivity. If any of us, having been once lonesome and lingering captives, have now returned home, and have become longing and labouring sowers, may the Lord, who has already delivered us, soon transform us into glad hearted reapers, and to him shall be praise for ever and ever. ", c. A Reaping: "and bring his sheaves with him.". The emphatic combination of the finite tense with the infinitive is altogether foreign from our idiom, and very imperfectly represented, in the ancient and some modern versions, by the active participle (venientes venient, coming they shall come), which conveys neither the peculiar form nor the precise sense of the Hebrew phrase. And this addeth a degree to the dicebant,—that the sound of it was so great among the heathen that it made an echo even in Jewry itself. b) His abundant joy—"with rejoicing." Verse 5.—"They that sow in tears." Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries) Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew text. Find here the index of sermons at the Metropolitan Tabernacle London | Download, listen or watch online | Sermons by Dr. Peter Masters, Pastor at the Metropolitan Tabernacle | Teaching sermons, gospel messages and bible studies Verse 5.—"Shall reap in joy." And what is it they said? "You shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Mat 19:28-29); all that you have lost shall be centupled to you: "and you shall inherit everlasting life;" this is the harvest. Verse 4.—"Streams." Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading THE TREASURY OF DAVID Vol. "What shall we have therefore?" - See "Spurgeon's Sermon," No. I. "As the streams in the south." Soon, the fruitful harvest reaping, The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. It is somewhat singular to find this promise of fruitfulness in close contact with ret urn from captivity; and yet it is so in our own experience, for when our own soul is revived the souls of others are blessed by our labours. Rivers come suddenly in the south: where no spring appears, nor any sign of a river, yet in an hour the water is up and the streams overflow. "If ye keep my commandments;" this is the seed: "ye shall abide in my love" (John 15:10); this is the harvest. a. Being in trouble, the gracious pilgrims remember for their comfort times of national woe which were succeeded by remarkable deliverances. Sunny memories of what the Lord did, "he turned again the captivity," etc. Verse 5.—"Sow in tears." 1. Verse 5.—"They that sow in tears shall reap." As in thirsty channels meeting No awakening to find it "but a dream:" see Isa 29:8. When you come to reap the fruits of your present trials, you will bless God, who made you sow in tears. Just as thou dost with the streams of the south, year by year, so do with us—with all, with each. (b) It requires great charges, too, and therefore it is called "precious seed." His activity - "he goeth forth." So full were they of joy that they could not contain themselves. The sowing may be with sorrow, but the reaping will be with joy. 3. Joy! He shall come, the echoes waking, His abundant joy - "with rejoicing." —A Song of Degrees. And if after our sowing of tears we find no harvest of joy at all, we may be well assured that either our seed was not good, or else some of the mischances are come upon them, which came upon the seed that came to no good in the thirteenth of Matthew (Mat 13). We must sow: we may have to sow in the wet weather of sorrow; but we shall reap, and reap in the bright summer season of joy. In streams they shall also in the latter days return to their own land, and replenish it yet again. A prayer for the perfecting of their deliverance. 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