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Psalm 126: A Song of Joy

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalms.

One image of happiness that sticks out in my mind is the suppertime dance that Snoopy does in the "Peanuts" comic strip. His head is flung back, his ears are flopping about, and his feet pound furiously. Have you ever felt like dancing for joy? In this passage the Israelites do.

Warming Up to God

What do you do when you are filled with joy?

Read Psalm 126

Discovering the Word

  • This is a song of celebration by the exiles who returned to Zion. What emotions do you see expressed throughout this psalm?
  • What imagery is used in verses 1-2 to describe the joy the writers feel?
  • How do verses 4-6 reflect a balance between cause and effect?
  • How are sadness and joy intertwined (vv. 5-6)?

Applying the Word

  • The Israelites give God the credit for the "great things" that have happened. How do you do with giving God the credit?
  • When do you feel inhibited about freely expressing your joy?

Responding in Prayer

What do you need to praise God for? Share your joy with him.