His reply to the woman who had button-holed him was classic: “My good lady, if you only knew how much I restrain myself.” This psalm shows us not only that “laughter” (Psalms 126:2) and God go together but also God and “joy” (Psalms 126:2-6). It is not saying, “I’ve been playing the gaming tables and finally I got lucky.” It is not saying, “I’ve been down on my luck and finally I got my lucky break.” The word “fortune” here mirrors the word “restore,” so “When the Lord restored our fortunes” (Psalms 126:1) means something like “When God restored us to a restored situation.” We find the same in Psalms 126:4, which is parallel: “Restore our fortunes, O Lord,” meaning, “Restore us to this restored situation, O Lord.” This matters because people think they are “living the dream” when they have bought a new vacation home or a whole new wardrobe from Savile Row. So “like streams in the Negeb” contrasts water with a desert. We might be feeling as if there’s nothing we can do. We’re feeling this sense of division and polarization. And, if you listen closely, you might even hear the stirrings of a stewardship sermon, but don’t worry, this isn’t a stewardship sermon. Psalm 126:1-6. If we use our imaginations and read between the lines, then maybe we will hear an invitation to dream God’s dreams, so that we can laugh and shout with joy, because the nations say: “the LORD has done great things for them.”. Psalms 126:4-6, then, models asking God to restore his people. Instead, drawing on the stories of God’s faithfulness, they were invited to move into the future (Is. Phil Antila, A Plain Account 2016 ""This difference, between a symbolic journey and a merely physical one, is the contrast between pilgrimage and tourism. of Yes, God gives to us dreams and visions, so we might join God in the work of God’s realm. “Our mouth was filled with laughter”—wide open, yawning chasm, filled with laughter. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. H — Humility. We know that many in our world are feeling oppressed and know that structural and systemic change is needed to truly address these challenges. How do they lead to shouts of joy? It is to be reconciled to God, to be in Christ and Christ in you, to have your sins removed and his righteousness yours as you are in Christ. To say, “Restore, O Lord,” requires the humility to admit that you need restoring. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. (4-6) 1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Watson blinked the sleep out of his eyes as Holmes asked what he deduced. This restoration happens as you become a Christian; it happens more and more as you follow Christ. This is tears rolling down your face, laughing out loud, together—not just “my own” but God’s people together—engaged in wide-open-mouthed laughter. for his ministry of provision, justice and love. How do they reflect God’s acts of restoration and renewal? Verses 1-3 are triumphant. Notice there is a parallel between Psalms 126:1 and Psalms 126:4. Consider the stories of Joseph and Daniel, and the prophet Joel spoke of the day when God would “pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). It is because there is a medical condition called “clinical depression.” If you have felt sad for a long time, and you talk to someone who cares about you and knows you well and they say, “Well maybe you should go and see someone,” then just do it. We may not know all the particulars, but we can take confidence in the knowledge that God is with us, even as God has been with us on the journey. It is restoration, coming back to the way you were meant to be as designed by God. This almost certainly refers to the miraculous return of … So, what are your dreams? This joy is based upon an objective, real, God-given restoration. We might be left wondering what we can do. Zion, as the last chapter explained, stands for the whole story of the people of God that finishes in the heavenly Jerusalem—“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,” that is, when God brought back God’s people to where they should have been all along. Proud member Negeb, streams flowing in the desert. Spurgeon was once criticized for putting too much laughter into his sermons. Some people are morning people, some people are evening people, and some people seem to feel happier than others. Copyright © 2020 Central Woodward Christian Church. Psalms 126:4-6 develop a model of praying for the dream to come true and a contrast of what it is like when that dream does come true. Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves. Yes, “we shall go rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.”. Once that seed is planted, only God knows where it will lead. https://www.bobcornwall.com/2020/11/the-shepherd-will-lead-us-sermon-for.html -- #bgbg2 #ccdoc, Heirs of the Realm -- A lectionary reflection for #ReignofChrist Sunday from Ephesians 1 -- http://www.bobcornwall.com/2020/11/heirs-of-realm-lectionary-reflection.html --#bgbg2 #ccdoc @Lectionary @CentralWoodward, Teach the Children Well -- a sermon for Pentecost 24A from Psalm 78 -- preached at @CentralWoodward -- https://www.bobcornwall.com/2020/11/teach-children-well-sermon-for.html -- #bgbg2 #ccdoc. You never know how a word or act of kindness might lead to further blessings for yourself and for others down the road. They are wired that way. this Lenten season, Psalm 126 leaves us with a call to be like dreamers, Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. The perspective here is the story line of the Bible. Wherefore we take this Psalm to be a prophecy of the redemption that should come by Jesus Christ, and the publishing of the gospel, whereby the kingdom of Christ is advanced, and death and the devil with all the powers of darkness are vanquished. We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. People are struggling. Well, a sheave is a bundle of grain, and Knowles Shaw, who was the son of a farmer from Ohio, knew what a sheave was. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” ETS: It is necessary to sow the seeds of the Gospel if we are to reap a harvest.. OSS: Believers will commit to passionately sowing the seeds of the Gospel in a lost world. It’s even been featured in films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Jason Warren Hickman The psalm has two sections that appear to contradict each other. He who goes out weeping, The people of Israel and Judah were an agricultural people, whose festivals often centered on harvests. like streams in the Negeb! So tears contrasts with shouts of joy. This is a slap-your-thigh burst-out in laughter, LOL, giggle fit. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, So, we begin singing songs of praise and thanksgiving. But then we will also go to the Temple with shouts of Joy echoing off the hillsides that surround us. I’m not sure how it works or whether it works, but some people swear by “the butterfly effect.” This is an expression of “chaos theory,” which I don’t particularly understand, but the idea here is that a small change at one point in time, like the flap of a butterfly wing, can lead to a much larger event down the road.