We read six more brief psalms today: Psalm 126-131. Let’s do like we did yesterday: reading the first pair of psalms this morning, the middle pair around noon, and the last two tonight.
I’ll sketch a bundle of sheaves, a quiver full of arrows, a vine, a plow, a check mark, and an hourglass.
This morning. Psalm 126-127. Bundle of sheaves and a quiver full of arrows.
“He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (126.6)
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (127.4-5)
Noon. Psalm 128-129. Vine and plow.
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.” (128.3-4)
“The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.” (129.3)
This evening. Psalm 130-131. Check mark and hour glass.
“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (130.3)
“O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.” (131.3)
Today we sing of history, home, and hope as we seek to connect the dots of past, present, and future (Psalm 126-131).
Morning breaks with our reading of Psalm 126 and history comes to mind.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like …” (vs.1)
And so we petition our Father regarding our present and future.
“Restore our fortunes, Lord …” (vs.4)
Around noon we read Psalm 127-128 and our hearts turn toward home.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. … Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. …” (127.1,3)
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. … May you live to see your children’s children …” (128.3,6)
Hope wells up in us as we read Psalm 129-131 tonight.
“… let Israel say; ‘they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. … the Lord is righteous …” (129.2,4a)
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. …” (130.5)
“Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” (131.3)
History, home, and hope are a powerful triad. We do well to daily and deliberately work this triangle with our attention. For history is for remembering and learning, not neglecting. The home is not for negligence, but for labor and reward. And hope is for remembering our God in all things and finding our rest in him both now and forever.