“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.”
Psalm 126, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Released in 2001 on the Psalmody album. Duration is 2:03.
Produced by John Piper
Musical composition by David Albracht
Recorded at 2nd Floor Studios, Dallas, Texas.
Engineered by John Piper
Mixed at Piper Projects by John Piper
Mastered by Ed Johnson
Recorded and Mixed on the Paris 24 bit DAW
Bass – Lou Harlas
Drums – Mike Drake
Guitar, Vocals – David Albracht
Harmony Vocals – Jeanie Perkins
Mandolin – Milo Deering
Percussion – John Bryant
Piano, Synthesizer – Ken Boome
Image above: Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence. A Harvest Festival (A Dancing Bacchante at Harvest Time). 1880. Oil on canvas.
Psalm 126, the eleventh track of the Psalmody album, was recorded by the David/Asaph Project at 2nd Floor Studios in Dallas, Texas, in the year 2000. This song features the text of the KJV translation set to new music. Song duration is 2:03.
The shortest song in length on the Psalmody album, Psalm 126 has been the favorite of the album for many, including the composer. Opening with a steady pace of 8th notes on the guitar, other instruments gradually join as the song progresses. Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms Magazine wrote that the vocal interjections of Jeannie Perkins on this track were examples of musical moments to delight presented throughout the album.
C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of Psalm 126
A Song of Degrees. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. Happy people to whom ever ascent was a song, every halt a hymn. Here the trustor becomes a sower: faith works by love, obtains a present bliss, and secures a harvest of delight.
There is nothing in this psalm by which we can decide its date, further than this, — that it is a song after a great deliverance from oppression. “Turning captivity” by no means requires an actual removal into banishment to fill out the idea; rescue from any dire affliction or crushing tyranny would be fitly described as “captivity turned.” Indeed, the passage is not applicable to captives in Babylon, for it is Zion itself which is in captivity and not a part of her citizens: the holy city was in sorrow and distress; though it could not be removed, the prosperity could be diminished. Some dark cloud lowered over the beloved capital, and its citizens prayed “Turn again our captivity. O Lord”….