Psalm 126: “Bringing in the Sheaves”

Wheat Sheaf
Wheat Sheaf (Photo credit: John-Morgan)

As a child, I attended the Methodist church.  One of my favorite hymns was  “Bringing in the Sheaves.”  It still is.

This morning while reading Psalm 126, I came across the phrase “bringing his sheaves with him” and wondered if it inspired the familiar hymn.  Psalm 126 celebrates the Hebrews’ release from captivity.   Compare the hymn with the Psalm 126 (especially the last two verses)..  The similarities are striking..

“BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES” 

  • Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
    • Refrain: Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
  • Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze; By and by the harvest, and the labor ended, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
  • Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

PSALM 126

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.  The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.  Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him (KJV).

*In 1880 George A. Minor composed the tune to “Bringing in the Sheaves” that we are familiar with today.

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