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  • Psalm One Hundred Twenty Six

    When the Lord freed us from our captivity,
    it was like a dream come true.
    We were like giddy children,
    laughing and singing and dancing for joy.

    The heathens saw how the Lord saved us,
    and they knew it was our God who saved us.
    Our God has done many great things for us,
    and we praise Him and thank Him daily.

    Oh, Lord, end our captivity again.
    Free us from the chains of oppression.
    As we have planted the seeds of repentance and contrition,
    let us now reap a bountiful harvest of salvation.

    Surely men who have planted the seeds of contrition
    will return from their labors with sheaves of mercy.

    Trusting on the Promises

    Now remember, when we started this series after Psalm 119, these prayers are either the songs sung by pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem for the holy days, or the songs sung by the priests as they ascended the stairs to the temple, depending on which source you believe is correct. Some of these songs are still used by Jewish and Christian sects at various times of the year.

    So when this psalm was written, the writer was remembering a time when Israel was again in captivity (probably by the Babylonians) and the supplications made to God to release them once again. This would have been included to remind the Jews that their power rested in God and not in themselves. Every time the Jews forgot this, they ended up being conquered or facing some other form of poverty.

    While interpreting the Psalms, I sometimes forget these are often love poems to God. So today, I have arranged this particular psalm as a sonnet. In fact, a very good friend of mine, Ilana Haley, has reminded me that when her classes in Israel studied the Psalms, it was as literature and not necessarily as a religious document. I guess perspective has a lot to do with how you interpret the Bible.

    I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you and your family are truly blessed in the coming year.

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