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Pastor's Perspective. September 2017
by Pastor Jesse Hartgrove
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 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. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:1-3.

Psalms 120-134 are called the “Psalms of Degrees”, or of “Ascent” or “Stairs”. It is assumed that these are psalms that were sang as worshipers went up, or “ascended” to the temple to worship. Whether this is the case or not, these are psalms of great comfort and great beauty. I love these wonderful psalms. If one understands that Psalm 126 was written when the remnant of Judah was allowed to return to Jerusalem, the text is pretty much self-explanatory. The LORD had done great things for them, and they were glad! He had “turned their captivity”. That means God had changed something they could not change. Got had brought them out of a bondage they could not escape from. God had turned their tears into laughter!

Oh, can not the same God, whom we still serve, do the same for us? Can He not change our situations? Can He not loose us from those fetters that bind us? Can He not fill our mouths with laughter? Yes, Oh yes, He can. Then we too may echo the words of the psalmist, “The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad”