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Psalm 126

English Standard Version (ESV)

Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord

A Song of Ascents.

126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
  we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
  and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
  “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
  we are glad.

4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
  like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
  shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
  bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
  bringing his sheaves with him.




  • This is a song of celebration by the exiles who returned to Zion. What emotions do you see expressed throughout this psalm? Have you ever experienced such emotions?
  • Has God ever done something so great that you had to pinch yourself to see if you were dreaming?
  • The Israelites give God the credit for the “great things” that have happened. How do you do with giving God the credit?
  • When do you feel inhibited about freely expressing your joy?

What do you need to praise God for? Share your joy with him and others.