Psalm 126:1-3 (NIV) When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Remembering God’s Faithfulness
God’s blessings are beyond our expectations (cf. Acts 12:9). When God blesses you, you cannot help but rejoice (mouth filled with laughter). God’s blessings cannot be hidden. God blesses us so that the nations (other people, including His enemies) can glorify Him. May God make your enemies (those who despised your God) will sing with you about His greatness. When God blesses us we should glorify His name (God has done great things to us). Your past experiences were like gold going through fire, to be purified. You’re not chaff to be consumed by fire; you’re gold being purified. The best thing that ever happened to you was you being born-again. If God graciously saved you, He will give graciously grant you the desires of your heart (Romans 8:32). God does great things to us because He is gracious. It’s not on the basis of our goodness, or performance but because of His grace. I know that there are people who pray that God does something great in their lives, but they have hard time figuring out in their minds how that can possibly happen. When God finally answers their prayers, they are like dreaming
Prayer of Restoration
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.(verse 4)
Pray that God will make our work to succeed. Never stop asking God to bless you. When you feel God has blessed you a lot, know that there is much more He wants to do in your life. He wants to make your life to overflow with His blessings. He wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit and use you to bless others. Think of how good God has been to you in the past. He is still the same. Just like showers of rain caused water torrents to flow in the dry and parched Negev, let us ask God to send us showers of His revival.
Promise of Future Blessings
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him (verses 5 & 6).
The time of sowing is not necessarily fun-filled. I remember when I was young, my mother would wake me up to go with her to sow seed. The weather would be very cold. By the time we got to the garden my fingers and bare feet would be numb. I did not like the experience. I wanted to enjoy my morning sleep (I am not an early-riser). But harvest time was different. It was exciting. We had plenty of food! Your sacrifice: prayer, fasting, labor (hard work), will finally pay. Your labor in the Lord is not in vain. It is a profitable investment (1 Corinthians 15:58)
May God make you glad this year.