The rod of the wicked may come, may fall upon the righteous, upon their persons, their estates, their liberties, their families names, on any thing that falls to their lot; only it cannot reach their souls. Though Babylon be not mentioned here (as it is, Ps. Nay, there are tears which are themselves the seed that we must sow, tears of sorrow for sin, our own and others, tears of sympathy with the afflicted church, and the tears of tenderness in prayer and under the word. Psalm 126:1. Chapter 126. 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. While the people of Israel were captives in Babylon their harps were hung upon the willow-trees, for then God called to weeping and mourning, then he mourned unto them and they lamented; but now that their captivity is turned they resume their harps; Providence pipes to them, and they dance. 1. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, Galatians 6:7-9. Those that sow to the spirit, in this vale of tears, shall of the spirit reap life everlasting, and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Psalms 127. It is entitled (as we read it) "for Solomon,’’ dedicated to him by his father. Though Babylon be not mentioned here (as it is, Ps. The acknowledgments which they themselves made of it, v. 3. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 137) yet their captivity there was the most remarkable captivity both in itself and as their return out of it was typical of our redemption by Christ. With affection: "Whereof we are glad. 2. Thus it is comfortable speaking of the redemption Christ has wrought out as wrought out for us. Job, and Joseph, and David, and many others, had harvests of joy after a sorrowful seedness. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. 126:1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Matthew Henry Concise Psalms 126:4 - 6. The heathen were but spectators, and spoke of it only as matter of news; they had no part nor lot in the matter; but the people of God spoke of it as sharers in it, (1.) It is possible that Zion may be in captivity for the punishment of her degeneracy, but her captivity shall be turned again when the end is answered and the work designed by it is effected. Thus they gave vent to their joy, gave glory to their God, and gave notice to all about them what wonders God had wrought for them. [3.] Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Commentaries: Matthew Henry. 126:4 - 6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. The long want of mercies greatly sweetens their return. © 2020 Christianity.com. As cold water to a thirsty soul, so would this good news be from that far country, Prov. All Rights Reserved. It was a laughter of joy in God, not scorn of their enemies. [2.] Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. It being a song of ascents, in which the same things are twice repeated with advancement (v. 2, 3, and v. 4, 5), it is put here among the rest of the psalms that bear that title. … tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. 137) yet their captivity there was the most remarkable captivity both in itself and as their return out of it was typical of our redemption by Christ. The beginnings of mercy are encouragements to us to pray for the completing of it. (Read Psalm 126:1-3) It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. 137:7. Verse 4. Psalms 127. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 3. 9:1); but now that the iniquity of Jacob was purged by the captivity, and their sin taken away, now God makes them to rejoice. Psalm 126. Observe here, [1.] And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Chapter 127. Turn again our captivity. A prayer for the perfecting of their deliverance (Psalm 126:4): "Turn again our captivity. Then they said among the nations, “Yahweh has done great things for them.”. (Verse 1-3.) And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! Verses 1–8; Some call this the soldier’s psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when David was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted God to cover his head in the day of battle. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. And while we are here in this world there will still be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Weeping must not hinder sowing; when we suffer ill we must be doing well. (4-6) Verses 1-3: It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Let those that have returned to their own land be eased of the burdens which they are yet groaning under. (Verse 4-6.) Psalms 126. Chapter 121. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm was penned, most likely their return out of Babylon in Ezra's time. In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. > When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. II. Now they could not but observe their deliverance and admire that. > When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Those that were laughed at now laugh and a new song is put into their mouths. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) << Psalm 125 | Psalm 126 | Psalm 127 >>. And the surprise of it put them into such an ecstasy and transport of joy that they could scarcely contain themselves within the bounds of decency in the expressions of it: Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing. And the harps are never more melodiously tunable than after such a melancholy disuse. It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm was penned, most … And they that sow, in the tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. 126:5, 6. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. ( Psalm 126:4-6) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. Those that had returned out of captivity are here called upon to be thankful, Ps. Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy. With application: "He has done great things for us, things that we are interested in and have advantage by." When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. The sinner convinced of his guilt and danger, when by looking to a crucified Saviour he receives peace to his conscience, and power to break off his sins, often can … Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. PSALM 126:1-3. Matthew Henry's Commentary. Who loved me, and gave himself for me. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. Let those that remain in Babylon have their hearts stirred up, as ours were, to take the benefit of the liberty granted." They were amazed at it; it came so suddenly that at first they were in confusion, not knowing what to make of it, nor what it was tending to: "We thought ourselves like men that dream; we thought it too good news to be true, and began to question whether we were well awake or no, and whether it was not still" (as sometimes it had been to the prophets) "only a representation of it in vision," as St. Peter for a while thought his deliverance was, Acts 12:9. Let those that remain in Babylon have their hearts stirred up, as ours were, to take the benefit of the liberty granted." These are precious seed, such as the husbandman sows when corn is dear and he has but little for his family, and therefore weeps to part with it, yet buries it under ground, in expectation of receiving it again with advantage. Here is, 1. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. (1.) https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete They are in tears often; they share in the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share in them than others. 1 (A Song of degrees.) God’s appearances for his people are to be looked upon as great things. Psalms 125:5 : Psalms 126:2 >> Psalms 126:1-6. Chapter 126. Scott's Notes on the Psalms. Introduction. The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. We read of singers of the children of Asaph, that famous psalmist, who returned then, Ezra 2:41. When the L ord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. He having a house to build, a city to keep, and seed to raise up to his father, David directs him to look up to God, and to depend upon his … 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.. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. God sent them into captivity, not as dross is put into the fire to be consumed, but as gold to be refined. It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm was penned, most likely their return out of Babylon in Ezra's time. The captives in Babylon were long sowing in tears, but at length they were brought forth with joy, and then they reaped the benefit of their patient suffering, and brought their sheaves with them to their own land, in their experiences of the goodness of God to them. Psalms 121 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition The heathen are amazed at it, and some of them angry, but we are glad." From Matthew Henry's Commentary. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. It was with reference to some great and surprising deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress that this psalm was penned, most likely their return out of Babylon in Ezra’s time. Psalms 128. The pleasing surprise that this was to them. (2.) Those that were yet remaining in captivity are here prayed for (v. 4) and encouraged (v. 5, 6). Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. Observe, The release of Israel is called the turning again of the captivity of Zion, the holy hill, where God’s tabernacle and dwelling-place were; for the restoring of their sacred interests, and the reviving of the public exercise of their religion, were the most valuable advantages of their return out of captivity. (Read all of Psalm 126) Complete Concise. Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. Verses 1-3. 1 When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream. It will be easy, in singing this psalm, to apply it either to any particular deliverance wrought for the church or our own land or to the great work of our salvation by Christ. It will be easy, in singing this psalm, to apply it either to any particular deliverance wrought for the church or our own land or to the great work of our salvation by Christ. It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. The notice which their neighbours took of it: They said among the heathen, Jehovah, the God of Israel, has done great things for that people, such as our gods cannot do for us. Resources » Matthew Henry's Commentary » Psalms » Chapter 121. --Matthew Henry. 2. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. Psalms 125. I. hose returned out of captivity are to be thankful. It is good to observe how the church’s deliverances are for us, that we may rejoice in them. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. Jump to: Barnes • Clarke • Gill • GSB • JFB • KAD • MHC. Those that had returned out of captivity are here called upon to be thankful (v. 1-3). Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry [1706]. Probably this psalm was penned by Ezra, or some of the prophets that came up with the first. Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. Those that were yet remaining in captivity are here prayed for and encouraged, Ps. The heathen had observed their calamity and had triumphed in it, Jer. A Song of Ascents. Cyrus, for reasons of state, proclaimed liberty to God’s captives, and yet it was the Lord’s doing, according to his word many years before. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state and so answer the intentions of the providences they are under. And though it may come upon their lot, it shall not rest thereon. It put a reputation upon those that had been scorned and despised, and made them look considerable; besides, it turned greatly to the honour of God, and extorted from those that set up other gods in competition with him an acknowledgment of his wisdom, power, and providence. This is a family-psalm, as divers before were state-poems and church-poems. Those yet in captivity are encouraged. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. ( Psalm 126:1-3) Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. 4. II. The bringing of those that were yet in captivity to join with their brethren that had returned would be as welcome to both sides as streams of water in those countries, which, lying far south, were parched and dry. Psalm 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Let those that have returned to their own land be eased of the burdens which they are yet groaning under. I. (2.) (4-6) Verses 1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 2. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. PSALM 126. Psalms 76-150 /. A promise for their encouragement to wait for it, assuring them that, though they had now a sorrowful time, yet it would end well. 1:3), and many yet remained in Babylon; and therefore they rejoiced with trembling, and bore upon their hearts the grievances that were yet to be redressed. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. And, when we are free and in prosperity ourselves, we must not be unmindful of our brethren that are in trouble and under restraint. 126:1-3. Commentary Read Psalms 126:1-3 Verse 1-3 — It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The L ord has done great things for them.” 3. When we are free, and in prosperity ourselves, we must not be unmindful of our brethren that are in trouble and under restraint. Matthew Henry's Commentary . Psalms 126. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! Psalms 126 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The sinner convinced of his guilt and danger, when by looking to a crucified Saviour he receives peace to his conscience, and power to break off his sins, often can scarcely believe that the prospect which opens to him is a reality. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! God is to be eyed as the author of all the great things done for the church. Contemporary Commentary, Studies, and Exegesis: Commentary, Psalm 126, Beth Tanner, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2016. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. They shall have a harvest of joy. Though Babylon be not mentioned here (as it is, Ps. Outline of Psalms 126 Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. The deliverance God has wrought for them: He turned again the captivity of Zion. While we are here in this world, there will still be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. And they that sow, in the. (4-6). PSALM CXXVI The joy of the Israelites on their return from captivity, and the effect their deliverance had upon the heathen, 1-3.The prayer which they had offered up, 4.The inference they draw from the whole, 5,6.. NOTES ON PSALM CXXVI Psalm Chapter 126 . Nay, as the ground is by the rain prepared for the seed, and the husbandman sometimes chooses to sow in the wet, so we must improve times of affliction, as disposing us to repentance, and prayer, and humiliation. 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