Rev. Dan Torkelson, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Prairie, WI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 126.
The LORD restores fortunes. This Psalm might have been written after the Israelites were restored back to their homeland. Although everything was not perfect, it was another opportunity for a time to give thanks, to dream of what might be, and to see once again how the LORD takes care of us. He restores us daily by forgiveness in Christ by taking all sins from us. He restored the fortune of God’s people from slavery and captivity which reminds us of the future restoration to the perfect fortune of the new heaven and new earth. “Lord God, restore our fortunes in body and soul, You have done great things for us, even when I sow in tears, bring joy now and when Your Son returns. In His name, Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord
A Song of Ascents.
126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org