Psalm 126 is one of the “Songs of Ascent” (120-134) the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. Here Israel celebrates their restoration from exile. With joy so great that they felt as if they were dreaming, the people returned to Jerusalem full of laughter and praise for the great things God had done for them, evoking wonder even among the unbelieving nations (vv. 1-3). Having been so favored, the worshipers pray that God’s acts of restoration may continue until those who “so with tears” bring in a bountiful harvest with “songs of joy” (vv. 5-6).
Sing! A New Creation
Throughout all of history, God’s people proved to be unfaithful to him and yet God, in his mercy, was full of grace. These truths are expressed in Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 22: “When Israel spurned God’s love…God scattered them among the nations, yet kept a faithful remnant and promised them the Messiah…God promised to forgive their sins and give them a new heart and a new spirit, moving them to walk in his ways.”