All Rights Reserved. 4–6 And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. As we look around our broken world today, there’re so many things that discourage us and overwhelm us.
2 We laughed, we sang, we couldn't believe our good fortune.
The problem with restoration is having to go through the desperation that calls it forth.
The Bible says, “Rejoice always” (1 Th 5:16).
Psalm 126. An error occurred while accessing favorites. His men, ready and waiting, quickly scrambled aboard. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. Ask God your Father, and you will receive it. I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa 43:19 ESV).
And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! Jesus said, “Ask… Seek… Knock… If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt 7:11 NRSV).
The next day, May 26, he writes, “My soul continued in peace, and yet in heaviness because of manifold temptations” and May 27, more of the same – “Believing one reason of my want of joy was want of time for prayer, I resolved to do no business till I went to church in the morning, pouring out my heart before God.” On May 29, he writes, “I am often tempted to doubt whether I had faith at all.” But thankfully, John Wesley didn’t get down in the dumps. The parsonage furnace wasn’t working – no hot water, no heat. There was an error while trying to create your account. Our joy doesn’t come from economic prosperity, or physical health, or political stability. 126 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true.
Who before mourned, and hung their harps on the willows, and could not sing the Lord's song in a strange land. Published by permission. May we too be all packed and ready to go! Our joy comes when we have a father-daughter relationship, a father-son relationship with God, and when we stay in love with him.
The parsonage furnace wasn’t working – no hot water, no heat. 1–3 126 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, So those who planted their crops in despair. It is well known that John Wesley had a powerful conversion experience at Aldersgate, saying, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Surely he knew God as Savior. Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert.
Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. Ezra 1:1). 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" (שיר המעלות בשוב ה’, a Song of Ascents).
Share We may give a title to this song: “Where Does Joy Come from?” The psalmist answers this question in three ways.
Joy comes when we taste and see God is Savior. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. Oftentimes we think if we come to faith in Christ, everything will go just fine. I was walking through the valley of the shadow of death in my military sickbed, suffering from dengue fever and crying out to God. Secondly, joy comes when we know God as a loving Father. The psalmist sings: Many biblical scholars agree that the background of the psalm is the return of the exiles to Jerusalem. Sorry, you don't have permission to view that book. Psalm 126:5-6 Chapter Parallel Compare 5 So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, 6 So those who went off with heavy hearts will … But the psalmist gives us the best and surest reason why we can rejoice here and now no matter what.
The psalmist is disappointed with a harsh reality, but still he cries out to God in hope, “Restore our lives, O Lord, like streams of the Negeb.” Negeb was a dry wadi in the south of Hebron. As I was questioning, Henri Nouwen’s book Here and Now really helped me to restore my joy.
I found myself fretful and grumpy.
Perhaps many of us in this room may have powerful conversion experiences. When the exiles finally arrived at their homes in Jerusalem, singing and rejoicing, they had to face the harsh reality. They sang and sang and sang all the way to Jerusalem. But during the winter months when the rains came, all of sudden this very dry place became streams of water. 1–3 126 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. The exile lasted 70 years. The Jerusalem wall remained broken down and its gates and homes were destroyed by fire. In Psalm 126 the psalmist sings a song of joy based on his knowledge of God. So, the streams of the Negeb represents God’s transforming power and blessing.
Lastly, joy comes when we know God as a righteous Judge. If you restore the roof of your house, it is because you have been leaked on. For me personally I always remember a time when God restored my life. Your Faithlife account signs you in to all our sites. We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. On that day, he will wipe every tear form our eyes. The psalmist prays to God the Father, “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb” (v. 4). But then, I thought about our brothers and sisters affected by natural disasters in the West Coast and the South. Psalm 126:6 The Message Bible. Amen. An error occurred while marking the devotional as read. No sooner had the ship cleared the island than the ice crashed together behind them. 126 1 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. 4 And now, God, do it again - bring rains to our drought-stricken lives 5 So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, 6 So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. But the reality is harsh. We were the talk of the nations - "God was wonderful to them!" By registering for an account, you agree to Faithlife’s. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing.
In the early church when believers gathered or parted, they didn’t say “hello” or “goodbye.” But instead, they said to each other “Maranatha!” meaning “Our Lord comes.” Our spiritual ancestors had a sense of urgency and deep awareness of Jesus’ imminent return. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading comparison. For me personally, this past week was harder to stay cheerful and joyful compared to other weeks. Whenever the sea was clear of ice, we rolled up our sleeping bags and reminded each other, ‘The boss may come today.’”. Phil 4:4-5). Later, when he tried to go back, huge icebergs blocked the way.
Psalm 126:title–6 A Pilgrim Song.
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He went out into the streets where real people face real doubts and real temptations. Many Israelites suffered and died there in Babylon.
We were the talk of the nations - "God was wonderful to them!" 126 1 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. But the day after Aldersgate on May 25, 1738 Wesley writes, “It was not long before the enemy suggested, “This cannot be faith, for where is the joy?” I was then taught that as to the transports of joy, God sometimes giveth and sometimes withholdth them.” He felt tempted by “the enemy” and lacked joy.
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