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Psalm 126 - by Michael Phillips
Songs on the Way to Heaven - Part 7 of 15
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Psalm 126
Aug 21, 2005 am - The teaching of Psalm 126 can be summed up in one word: tension. Not the stress you feel when you lose your job or you can't pay your bills, but the contradiction in the middle of every believer's life. The composer of the hymn and the people who sang it keenly felt this tension. In vv.1-3 they praise God for ending their exile, but in vv.4-6, they ask Him to put an end to their exile. When the Lord brought back the Captivity of Zion. Bring back our captivity, O Lord. In vv.1-3, the people are dreaming, laughing and praising God, but in vv.4-6, they're begging, crying, and working their fingers to the bone. So which is it? Were the people free or captive? Were they banished from the land or back in it? The fact of the matter is: both are true. The Babylonian captivity was over, the people were back in their land, but something told them they were still in bondage and not yet home. From where we are in history, we know why they felt this way: their true captivity was not to the Babylonians but to their sins. The land of Israel was very dear to them, but they can only be satisfied with a better, that is a heavenly country. They were unsettled and unhappy and unsure because the ... More >>>

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