Psalm 126 Commentary
The NIV translation runs with two thoughts. Verses 1 to 3 report on the events of restoration. The captives were restored back in Jerusalem. The city was once again lively with people. It was a happy moment for the psalmist. These are past events.
But we would guess the restoration was only partial, regardless. So verse 4 carries the petition for more restoration. It is in the present. May the LORD do it now?
The last 2 verses are in the present continuous tense. They are communicating a principle of life. Weep but carry a seed with you. You will be happy when harvest time comes. The thought is that the saint must let their tears fall at the feet of the LORD Jesus Christ. It is trust or faith in the LORD of salvation.
The possibility exists for seedless weeping. When it is all done, there is nothing to show for it. Faithless weeping is exactly what wickedness brings.
In other Bible translations, the last 2 verses report on how this life principle worked for Israel. They wept as they went out carrying the seed. Let them bring in the harvest with joy. Regardless, the message is about the difference between seeded weeping and seedless weeping.
When the Creator God scattered man from the Garden of peace and tranquility, all humanity was exposed to pain and suffering. Physical treasures, physical pleasures, popularity, power, and wisdom among many other things, won’t buy anyone a ticket back to the perfect times of Eden. So we have pain and suffering in the mansion as well as in the ramshackle. We have pain and suffering on a bicycle and in the Lamborghini; on foot and on a private Jet.
But let there be seed for it, regardless. Then, and only then can one expect to come back singing for joy as they bring in the harvest. The scripture is talking about faith and trust in the LORD Jesus Christ. Only He can bring real restoration.
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