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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture

2018

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Friday, July 20th, 2018

I usually find it difficult to decide upon a background for these lyric videos. This week was no different. Part of my challenge was that in Judaism, Psalm 126 is sung in an upbeat, fast, joyous manner before the Grace After Meals on Shabbat, and numerous Jewish Holidays. (It was even considered to become the national anthem of the State of Israel).

This is definitely not an upbeat tune, and in fact, most would say it's pensive, and even somewhat sad. So, hoping that this was a leading of the holy spirit, I decided to follow my instincts, and use photos of people in deep emotional states.

The Psalm is nuanced, in my opinion – I would say it's more hopeful and expectant, than it is celebratory. Even the words, "May those who sow in tears, reap with shouts of joy," and "Those who go out weeping, ... come home with shouts of joy," demonstrates the challenges we all face in this life. Life can be full of wonders and pleasures, but it often seems like there is more heartache and anguish.

But what better answer to despair than expectant hope? My hope is in Jesus, the Messiah. Lord, save us.

Amen