English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible
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.
Restoration. Not just thrown out and replaced. To be made new with effort and valued. Something of beauty. What the Lord has in store for those who love Him.
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
~ George Bernard Shaw
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you
and in his name the Gentiles will hope