Lectionary Year B
December 12, 1999
Third Sunday in Advent
Step III: Immediate Context
(FS) B. COMPOSITIONAL WHOLE
Mowinckel identifies this as a "Psalm of the Enthronement Festival",
and/or the New Year. At that time it was thought that Yahweh would
"judge", or determine the fates of people and nations in the coming year.
(The Psalms and Israel's Worship, Vol. 1, p. 146) Here is a plea for
Yahweh to change the fortunes of the people for the better.
J.L. Mays identifies Psalm 126 as the seventh of the "Psalms of
Ascents:, Nos. 120-134 (Interpetation Series, Psalms, 1994, p. 399). It
would be sung as pilgrims made their way "up" to Jerusalem to worship
and/or celebrate a special holy day.
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