Ver. Thou madest us to live; make us to live again. â€”W. Yet the day is coming when thou shalt "reap in joy", and plentiful shall be thy harvest. this yet greatens those "great things." They that did sow; they shall, and none but they shall. He leaves his couch to go forth into the frosty air and tread the heavy soil; and as he goes he weeps because of past failures, or because the ground is so sterile, or the weather so unseasonable, or his corn so scarce, and his enemies so plentiful and so eager to rob him of his reward. And what is it they said? "Whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only"—a little refreshing—"in the name of a disciple; verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward:" Mat 10:42. He shall come, he shall come with bright singing, Like mighty torrents shall the nations flow unto the Lord in the day of his grace. Below thou mayest receive forty grains for one; but in heaven, (by the promise of Christ,) a hundred-fold: a "measure heapen, and shaken, and thrust together, and yet running over." â€”H. Ver. The garner of his gladness will be filled to overflowing. Jerusalem, Judah, Israel, were led away captives, no less than Zion. In the lapse of seventy years the hope of restoration to their land, so long deferred, had mostly gone out in despair, save as it rested (in some minds) on their faith in God's promise. Whole Psalm.—In its Christian aspect the psalm represents the seventh of the "degrees" in our ascent to the Jerusalem that is above. Ver. Let those that are returned to their own land be eased of their burdens which they are yet groaning under. The calamity which fell upon the husbandmen of Job when the oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away, and slew the servants with the edge of the sword (Job 1:14-15), is often repeated in our day. Like mighty torrents shall the nations flow unto the Lord in the day of his grace. 6. Your sky will burst with sunshine, and your heart with song and laughter. So though no ground appears whence such rivers should flow, yet let our salvation be as rivers in the south, as rivers fetched out of the clouds, and dropped in an instant immediately from the heavens. It was he and not Gideon that brought them out of the hands of the Midianites, after seven years' servitude. What were we, might Sion say (who were glad to lick the dust of the feet of our enemies), that the Lord of heaven and earth should look so graciously upon us? 1. By how much his affliction surpassed the natural measure of human grief, when he underwent for our sakes the dread realities of death and judgment; by so much shall the fulness of his pure delight as the eternal blesser of his people excel their joy (yet what a measure, too, is there!) If thou wouldst be cheerful, saith Chrysostom, be sad. They that sow in tears. Luke-Acts
1. The Hebrew word signifies to recover, or, to be restored to health. It is a poor modesty which is ashamed to own its joys in the Lord. â€”James Neil. For, magna fecit would have served all this; but in saying "magnificavit facere", they say magnifecit illos, ut magna faceret pro illis. In mine opinion they go near to the sense and true meaning of the Psalm who do refer it to that great and general captivity of mankind under sin, death and the devil, and to the redemption purchased by the death and blood shedding of Christ, and published in the Gospel. ", This sentence may well pass current in the church as an inspired proverb. Johannine Writings
...Preached in Yorkshire, By John Hume, Minister of the Word ... London...1628 4to. (b) After the first-fruits, then come sheaves to refresh the husband-man, and to assure him that the full harvest is coming. Pauline Epistles
Ver. Why? They sow in faith; and God will bless that seed: it shall grow up to heaven, for it is sown in the side of Jesus Christ who is in heaven. This is right, inasmuch as the deliverance from the captivity of sin and death should in an increased measure excite those feelings of gratitude which Israel must have felt on being delivered from their corporeal captivity; in this respect again is the history of the outward theocracy a type of the history of the church. Thus let our captivity be turned thus speedily and suddenly, though there be no appearance of salvation, no more than there is of a fountain in the sandy desert, or of rain in the clearest of heavens, yet bring salvation for us. 1. They sow in charity. We were like them that dream. For what great matter was it for these people of the Jews, being, as it were, a little handful, to be delivered out of temporal captivity, in comparison of the exceeding and incomparable deliverance whereby mankind was set at liberty from the power of their enemies, not temporal, but eternal, even from death, Satan and hell itself? While bearing his plentiful sheaves. Then sorrow was gone like a dream, and the joy which followed was so great that it seemed too good to be true, and they feared that it must be the vision of an idle brain. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. 2. Hence this joyous surprise. Just as thou dost with the streams of the south, year by year, so do with us—with all, with each. Verse 2.—"Then was our mouth filled with laughter," etc. Verse 6.—"Goeth forth." Suddenly and plenteously the people filled again the temple courts. The Psalm divides itself into a narrative (Psalms 126:1-2), a song (Psalms 126:3), a prayer (Psalms 126:4), and a promise (Psalms 126:5-6). Here you may observe that God doth often send succour and deliverance to the godly in the time of their affliction, distress, and adversity; that many times they themselves do doubt of the truth thereof, and think that in very deed they are not delivered, but rather that they have dreamed. The calamity which fell upon the husbandmen of Job when the oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away, and slew the servants with the edge of the sword (Job 1:14-15), is often repeated in our day. The mercy was so unexpected, so amazing, so singular that they could not do less than laugh; and they laughed much, so that their mouths were full of it, and that because their hearts were full too. He shall come, the echoes waking, DIVISIONS.—The Psalm divides itself into a narrative (Psalm 126:1-2), a song (Psalm 126:3), a prayer (Psalm 126:4), and a promise (Psalm 126:5-6). He that sows this seed shall be sure of a plentiful crop. And our tongue with singing: When they did find their tongue, they could not speak, they must sing. In the regress there are three opposites unto these. c) Let the hope and prospect of this joyful harvest support us under all the glooms and distresses of this vale of tears. 5. This verse is the marrow of the whole psalm, occasioned by the return of God's people out of Babel's captivity into their own country. why not the captivity of Jerusalem, Judah, Israel? They that sow in tears shalt reap in joy. Ver. INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. "He that soweth sparingly," etc. It was his super abounding grace to select us out of others, as it was our greater gracelessness, above all others, so to provoke him, as to force him to throw us into captivity.