This is one of the Psalms of Ascents sung when the worshipers would journey to Jerusalem for one of the festivals. From ancient time, even when the Jews were in captivity in Babylon, they longed for their home, their “promised land.”
Today they can remind us that we, and Israel, are still on a journey to God.
A Song of Ascents.
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O Lord,
As the streams in the South.
PROCLAIM TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL, “GOD IS READY TO BRING YOU BACK TO ZION. BE DELIVERED FROM YOUR CAPTIVITY IN THE NATIONS!”