Daily Bible Reading

March 24, 2023

Psalm 126(GNT)

God’s Saving Word: Prayer


Psalm 126: Today’s reading is a communal psalm of thanksgiving from the “Songs of Ascents” collection. This psalm is in the form of a prayer expressing joy for deliverance from exile and a petition for God’s blessing.

Scripture Reading

A Prayer for Deliverance

126 When the Lord brought us back to Jerusalem,
    it was like a dream!
How we laughed, how we sang for joy!
    Then the other nations said about us,
    “The Lord did great things for them.”
Indeed he did great things for us;
    how happy we were!

Lord, make us prosperous again,
    just as the rain brings water back to dry riverbeds.
Let those who wept as they planted their crops,
    gather the harvest with joy!

Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed
    will come back singing for joy,
    as they bring in the harvest.

Today’s Key Verse:  Psalm 126:2b

The other nations said about us, “The LORD did great things for them.”


Verses 1-3 recall the time of Israel’s return from Babylonian exile (538 B.C.). What is being remembered? What is being asked of God in verses 4 and 5? How many times does the word “joy” appear in this psalm? What will be your song of joy today?


Sovereign God, I sing for joy because of your mighty deeds. Remind me of all the great things you have done. I thank and praise you for your steadfast love and care. Amen.

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Psalm 127: A psalm of praise for God’s blessings.

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