- Road trip song1
The Lord restores Jerusalem
- 1 When the LORD brought Jerusalem back to life,
It felt like we were dreaming.
- 2 Our mouths echoed with laughter.
Our tongues threw shouts of joy.
The whole world said, together,
“Look at all the great things
The LORD has done for them.”
- 3 The LORD has done great things for us.
And we are glad he has.
- 4 LORD, give us back everything we lost,
Just as streams can flow
In the Negev desert wadis,3
- 5 Weeping, we plant our seeds.
Shouting for joy, we collect the harvest.
- 6 People who carry the seed bags
And plant their seeds weeping,
Will one day shout for joy,
Bringing in the harvest.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. Psalms 120-134 are called songs of ascent, possibly because Jewish pilgrims sang these songs while traveling up into the Judean hills to celebrate a Jewish holiday in Jerusalem.
Literally “Zion.” “Zion” is a term of endearment, and another name for Jerusalem. It’s a bit like “The Big Apple” for New York City.
A wadi (WAD-ee) is a usually dry gully that can turn into a stream during a rainstorm. When dry, travelers can use it as a path. But storms upstream can turn wadis into flash floods.