But other Bible students think that the psalm is about Sennacherib. He was King of Assyria about 700 BC. He attacked Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the capital city of Judea. But God saved Jerusalem, and Sennacherib went back to Assyria. So ‘the LORD turned them (Sennacherib and the Assyrian army) away.’ ‘LORD’ is a special name for God. It is his covenant name. A covenant is when people agree to do something. God agreed to give his people, the Jews, help. They agreed to love and obey him.
‘I dreamed a dream’ were the words that Martin Luther King used. He wanted his people to be free. His dream was that they would be free. In the Bible, they are the words of Nebuchadnezzar. He was the King of Babylon that took the Jews from their own country to Babylon in 586 BC Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar what his dream meant.
As you read Psalm 126, remember that the Jews' return to their country is a picture for us. As God made his people free, (either from Sennacherib or from Babylon) so God has made us free. He has made us free if we love and obey Jesus! This is the New Covenant, or as our Bibles call it, the New Testament. The Old Testament is the first 39 books in the Bible; the New Testament is the last 27 books.
I Dreamed a Dream (Daniel 2:3)
This is a psalm for climbing.
we were like people that were dreaming!
And we shouted because we were so happy!
And people in other countries said to each other,
‘The LORD has done something
and we are very, very happy.
It will be like water coming into a dry place where there is a lot of sand.
Later they will sing as they pick the fruits.
He will come home laughing, with a lot of food.