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From Tears to Laughter
Bible Passage Psalm 126
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Psalm.

From Tears to Laughter

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 11, 2023

1 When the LORD brought back Zion’s exiles, we were like dreamers.

2 Then our mouths were filled with laughter, and our tongues formed joyful shouts. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”

3 The great things that the LORD has done for us gladden us.

4 Restore our exiles, LORD, like the streams of the Negev.

5 Those who weep while they plant will sing for joy while they harvest.

6 The one who goes out weeping, carrying a bag of seeds, will surely return with a joyful song, bearing sheaves from his harvest.


Psalm 126 is one of the pilgrim psalms. Pilgrim psalms are psalms 120-134, believed to be songs sung while the Israelites moved from their respective places to Jerusalem to celebrate their national festivals. Deuteronomy 16 mentions three different festivities that God instructs the Israelites to observe.

Though the author of Psalm 126 is not known, there’s internal evidence that it was written after the Babylonian exile. The people rejoiced at their deliverance and requested God to grant them full restoration. In our text of Psalm 137 yesterday, the Babylonians mocked them to sing songs for them while they were in exile. They refused because they thought it was disloyalty to God. They missed their worship anyways.

So you could imagine how blessed they would count themselves to be freed, to have the opportunity to go to the house of God again. God saved Jerusalem from some who plundered the land and threatened to destroy the capital. They rejoiced in God’s salvation. It was like a dream.

But their problems were not over. Hard work lay ahead of them if they were to restore the land. They relied on God to provide water in the dry Negeb region, but they realized that they would have to work hard and long before they could enjoy the fruits of the land again. The lesson for the travellers is that they must persevere if they are to enjoy God’s blessing.

But before they could ask for God’s help (in verse 4), they saw the need to be thankful to God for all the great things that He has already done for us.


🔷 We must always thank God for His work in us, for all that He blesses us with

🔷 We need to sit up, work hard and persevere in our work for God to complete and bless it for us

🔷 There is always a waiting period for God’s blessings. Believers must learn to wait between reaping and sowing.

💥 Thank God for His blessings
💥 Ask God to bless your hard work while you wait for the harvest

If we find reasons to praise God for what He has done for us, we shall have the way to ask and receive more blessings from God and our fortunes restored.

In series Bright Morning Reflections