ASCENDING TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
(Our Joy - Psalm 126)
Pastor Don Fortner
turned again the captivity of
“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them” (v. 2). — Not only does he fill our mouths with laughter, our God makes his saved children a wonder among the wicked, transforming corrupt and corrupting sinners into instruments for good (1 Cor. 1:26-30), making those who were a curse a blessing (Zech. 8:13).
“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (v. 3). — Let the redeemed of the Lord ever rejoice in him, and show forth his praise continually. The Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed us. What a great work that is! It is a work of great wisdom, arising from great love, obtained by a great price, and brings us all the blessings of God’s great salvation in Christ our great Savior. And all who experience it are made glad by it.
again our captivity, O
Lord, as the streams in the south” (v. 4). — Though redeemed by Christ’s precious blood at
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” v. 5). — As we seek the Lord by faith, seek to worship him and follow him, we sow in righteousness (Hosea 10:12). We seek him and worship him in tears of repentance. Soon, we shall reap with joy all the blessedness of everlasting life with Christ in glory. This is our day of sowing. The resurrection shall be the day of reaping (Rev. 6:19; 19:1-6).
“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (v. 6). — This is but a repetition of the former verse of our song, expressing the certainty of the matter. The gospel of Christ is the precious seed (Luke 8:11) that God’s church sows in the earth. How precious it is! Let us sow it bountifully as we move through this world. In the last day it shall yield a harvest of indescribable greatness (Isa. 55:11).