by Jerry Vines

Jerry Vines
Psalm 126:1-6

Tucked away in the Old Testament is a series of Psalms
which bear the subtitle "Song of degrees". It is
believed that Jewish pilgrims would sing these Psalms
as they made their way up to Jerusalem to attend one
of the feast days. Some refer to them as songs of
ascent. Every time they went to Jerusalem they were
always going upward, higher and higher. Singing along
the way, they would move from blessing to blessing as
they would sing these songs of degrees or songs of
ascent. What was true of the Jewish pilgrims as they
ascended geographically ought to be true of you and me
as believers spiritually. "Lord, lift me up and let me
stand by faith on heaven's table land. A higher plane
than I have found, Lord, plant my feet on higher
ground." Day by day, you and I should- be growing and
ascending in our relationship to the Lord Jesus

Psalm 126 is a very precious and special song. There
are three distinct movements in this Psalm. First of
all there is praise for spiritual returning. They
rejoice in the fact that God has brought them back
from captivity. It's like a dream come true. Laughter
and singing fill the air.

Secondly, there is a prayer for spiritual reviving.
They are reminded of the fact that though they have
been brought back to the land. Their dry hearts need
the showers of revival to be poured out on them like
the dry water courses in the desert when a rain pours
upon them.

Thirdly, there is a promise for spiritual reaping. In
the last verse of this chapter we have in essence what
God says to us about the important matter of winning
people to faith in Jesus Christ. In this one statement
of Scripture, virtually everything the Bible has to
say about leading others to Jesus is distilled into
one single statement. Probably most of you, like me,
have a life verse. Very early in my ministry the Lord
gave me verse six as ...

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