Commentary for Psalms 126

Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. (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. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 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.

4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. 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. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, #Ga 6:7-9|. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 126

  • Chris okon on Psalms 126
    Comment indeed ! I believe this with all my heart and with all of my life, tjhank you Lord for your word is yea and Amen
  • Obbie Beal on Psalms 126

    V:5 "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy". (YES! YES! YES!)! it is o/k to shed tears when applicable, but keep your 'Whole Armor of GOD' on, thereby prepared; within seconds the next battle with evil shall began again.
  • Philip on Psalms 126
    Psalm 126 vs. 1"When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion..." It doesn't matter if you consider yourself in captivity one way or the other because it certainly is a door way to a higher level and therefore a place of praise and worship. Hallelujah!!! Amen and amen.
  • Jeff M Wells on Psalms 126
    What I think is not important. What God says to me specifically through this passage is what is important.
  • Sharon Byrd on Psalms 126
    Amen amen in the name of Jesus, praise the Lord God is real and his word does not come back void I just thank him I thank him I thank you Jesus amen amen in the name of Jesus praise the Lord God is real and his word does not come back void when the Lord turned again. Captivity and yes he's on his way back again
  • Manuel Suarez on Psalms 126
    Amen,,,,,, God is real and he is coming real soon
  • BUTCH on Psalms 126
    Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.
  • A disciple on Psalms 126
    "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." We hear people at work cheering themselves up with little sayings like "Livin' the dream" and we think "better wake up!" Reflecting upon this "life" altogether, it seems like "it can't be real!" Reality and truth is found in the Word of God. We wait for Jesus' return, and to awaken the world from this nightmare.
  • Adekunle on Psalms 126
    We should let free our mind, "when the Lord turn again the captivity" we are already saved by the blood of Jesus by God's grace. Our faith is not enough to see the great work of salvation. Is a great joy. Peace of mind. Assurance of life.......
  • Nana Asare Bediako on Psalms 126
    This is a reminder to all the children of God to be careful of the life we live on this sinful world because coming out from captive is not easy if not by not by his grace.


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