Read 274.) Psalms 126, 128, 129, 132, 147 and 149. Psalms 120 thru 134 are called psalms of ascents. Three times each year, the men of Israel were to appear before the Lord in Jerusalem. The city is situated in one of the higher parts of the country. Not what we might think of as being truly mountainous, but a higher place, for certain. As the pilgrims made their trek to the city, and began the uphill climb toward Jerusalem, they would sing these psalms of ascents. Psalm 126 is one of these. It hearkens right back to that very time, after Cyrus’ decree, when Israel was permitted to return to her land. It was the beginning of the fulfillment of the 6th Promise and Prophecy by God concerning ancient Israel’s recorded history in the Bible. It expresses the great joy the first returnees experienced when they came back to Jerusalem. The Negev of verse 4 is a near-desert like place. So, you can imagine how precious streams there would be. And, their return meant that they could go back to their sowing and reaping of grain for their daily bread. Psalm 128 may well belong here, too, as it seems to express the very same kind of joy associated with their full restoration back into their land, and all the blessing and prosperity that was to come with it. Psalm 129 is a sort of reverse sentiment being expressed by those who were brought back. It is as a curse upon all who had captured and oppressed Israel before. Just as we have been returned to be blessed and prosper, so you, who had taken us away and oppressed us, be accursed!
Psalm 132 is a recollection, from about 485 years before, of David’s desire to build a temple unto the Lord. The Lord was pleased with David’s desire, and as a result, revealed a marvelous promise to him; that He would be pleased to dwell in Zion and to bless His people Israel from there, and especially, with verse 17, through David, bring forth Messiah! Psalm 147 belongs here, as verse 2 attests. It begins and ends, and contains throughout, praise to God! He is extolled for His might, in verses 4 thru 9, and we are told what pleases Him with verse 11. May you be one of those people! And, with verses 19 and 20, we are assured that as we read Israel’s Book, we can know we have the Word of God! Finally, Psalm 149. As with 147, this psalm opens and closes on high notes of praise to the Lord! It is filled with praise thru the first half of verse 6, and then it turns to the matter of inflicting vengeance upon those peoples who had held them in captivity, in keeping with the prophecies God had given about them. Those nations would ultimately be destroyed, and Israel lifted up to that place of world prominence… which they will be, when Messiah comes and establishes the Kingdom of God upon the earth for 1,000 years! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell