Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 126

Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on  it.

Today I'm looking at Psalm 126

This is one of the shorter more well-known Psalms

This Psalm falls into two parts:

V. 1-3
Surprise at the change of events
Rejoicing by the children of God
Acknowledgement by onlookers
Proclamation by the children of God

V. 4-6
Expecting more from God
Proclaiming the joy that is still to come.

Are we prepared for the great things God will do among us, or is it all a shock when it happens?
Sometimes we get used to not seeing our prayers answered straight away and can get into a state of asking but not totally believing and expecting daily.

Are we prepared for the great things God will do among us?

Do other people notice how we are rejoicing over great answers to our prayers and what has been happening to us?
We need to make sure others can see just how God is working in our lives.

It is wonderful when others can see and admit that the events in our lives are ordered by God.

Do we say and proclaim what God is doing among us?
Others need to see the way we know the hand of God in our lives and also how joyful we are because of it.

When we see God working we are encouraged to look for more of the work of His Hand on our lives and the lives of others.

We know the goodness of God and we know what He has said He will do, so we can look forward to further rejoicing and we should encourage others by reminding them of this.

It is not always easy, we do not see our prayers answered immediately and in exactly the way we would hope for.

Sometimes there is distress, anguish & sorrow as we pray for others 
and as we try to witness to them.

Tears of :
sorrow for sin
sympathy with others
tenderness in prayer.


there will be harvests of joy after the sorrow

We need to encourage others that there is joy after the sorrow


those who sow in the tears of godly sorrow

shall reap in the joy of a sealed pardon
& a settled peace