When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves. (Psalm 126)
In Psalm 126, the psalmist sings of memory and expectation. She remembers what is was like when God set things right, when God “restored the fortunes of Zion” (v. 1). There was dreaming and laughing and shouts of joy so much so that all the nations looked upon Israel and testified to the gracious works of God: “’The LORD has done great things for them,’” declared the nations (v. 2). And so the psalmist reminds the people: “The LORD has done great things for us” (v. 3).
These memories of God’s gracious acts are so important for the psalmist . . . because the psalmist and her community find themselves in challenging times. These memories lead the psalmist and her community to prayerfully petition for God’s grace once more, commanding God to act graciously again, expecting God to act graciously again. “Restore our fortunes [now, as you have done in the past],” declares the psalmist (v. 4). “Restore our fortunes” (v. 4) so that those who are mired in sorrow will rejoice once more, so that those who weep, will return with shouts of joy again.
Let us join with the psalmist and remember the good things God has done for us and let us join together in eager expectation that God’s grace will abound once more. Thanks be to God.
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- We will continue to host live-streamed worship services on Sunday mornings at 11am and our service provider has assured us that we will not experience the same issues we did last week.
- As a reminder, we have some foodstuffs in the office to hand out should know of people who are in need or if you yourself have need of it.
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- You may want to utilize the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for devotional reading – you can access the resource here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/yearbook/
Thank you for your ongoing thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and may God’s peace be with you all. -rc