1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
Christmas is just 363 days away.
How will Psalm 126 appear to you today? Will you see it as God's promises of Heaven? Will you see it as gratitude for Christmas (is over?)? Gratitude for the gifts in your life?
Lets look at this Psalm today as..... the Willingness of God.... to hear, to bless, like Psalm 23:5b-6
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
I love the Truth of the Scriptures. It's never the glass is full or empty, it's.... real. We anticipate God being like us. I only have so much eggnog.... I hope Eli won't have too much.... but Owen needs more and so his glass needs a bit more.
God doesn't give us a couple of ties or a sweater and say to us - now feel full. Love with me, please, how real Psalm 126 is. We acknowledge our blessings..... we've celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with people we love. We give God thanks for our eyesight, for hearing, for health. For a job, for opportunities to come. For the people we were, and are, fortunate enough to love. And have been fortunate to be able to give the gift of giving to.
Psalm 126 acknowledges our lives are blessed and could use some more blessings. It gives us hope and assurance, God doesn't say, "nope, you are blessed enough and my warehouse of blessings is spent."
Amazingly in a world were people really did buy pet rocks, Jesus Christ has been celebrated for good reason for over 2000 years. God doesn't just give us His blessings for a day, for the continuation of eternal life - for the next life; God gives us the hope of blessings to come. The blessings He will willingly provide.
Shouts of joy ! Will be needed!
Praise to You, Father, for Your great Glory. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.