Going, Weeping; Sowing, Reaping
It is believed by many Bible teachers that these songs of degrees which we find in the midst of the book of Psalms were sung to prepare the people of God and to lead the people of God as they made their way to Jerusalem for one of the festival days.
You may notice that there is a subscription right under the chapter of the Psalm which says, ''A Song of Degrees.'' It could be translated ''A Song of Ascents or a Going Pp.'' As they would make their way up to the city of Jerusalem, all of the pilgrims would sing these songs of degrees as they would move along the way.
It was a song of degrees that is given here in Psalm 126. I can almost see the pilgrims as they would make their way, and along the way they would sing these great songs. They would rise in intensity and glory and in majesty until finally they stood in the sanctuary of the Lord, lifting up their hearts and their voices in praise to the Lord.
What is true of them geographically should be true of us spiritually. Every day of our lives ought to be a moving up. Every day of our life we should be getting closer and closer to the Lord.
I love the old hymn we used to sing. ''Lord, lift me up and let me stand by faith on heaven's table land. A higher plain than I have found; Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.''
There are three distinct movements to Psalm 126. There is first of all praise for spiritual returning. They are praising God for having returned from their captivity. It was like a dream come true. They could hardly imagine it was so.
Yet, when it dawned upon them, their mouth was filled with singing and with praise. They were thrilled and they rejoiced, and the people around them said, ''The Lord has done great things for them.'' They said, ''Indeed, the Lord has done great things for us.''
It is first of all, praise for spiritual returning. You will notice in verse 4 that there is also a movement in this Psalm which is ...
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