Archive for March 18th, 2010

Psalm 126

Psalm 126 speaks of the goodness of God’s delivery.  He “returned Zion’s exiles” and set them free.  This is a picture of how God will rescue His own and the goodness He wants to pour out on us.  When God steps in things “seemed like a dream, too good to be true”.  God loves to pour out His goodness on His people.  He loves to rescue us – to set us free from bondage.  He just plain loves us.  We can see His wonderful love over and over, and in fact, our psalmist tells us so when he says “God was wonderful to us”.  God is there, ready to step in and come to our aid.  He wants to return us from exile – where the result of sin separates us from Himself.  God wants to set us free. 

The writer gives us a picture of the response that happens when God works in our life.  Other people notice: “we were the talk of the nations”.  God doesn’t work in the dark or in ways people don’t see or notice.  We need to be watching and looking for how God is at work in our life.  We should see Him alive and working around us every day.  He is, and we can see it if we will only watch.  But when we experience, we too should respond this way: “we laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune…..we are one happy people”.  When we experience His love, it is about as good as it gets.  He “brings rain inot our drought-stricken lives”.  Have you experience dry periods when it seemed like nothing was going right?  God wants to set us free from those times.  He wants to pour His joy and love into us.  That will allow us to experience blessing – “armloads of blessing” as we experience a great harvest.  I love how the writer puts it: “so those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest”.  The key here is that we need to plant even when it is dry – even when times seem to be in despair.  It means that we do the right thing even when it doesn’t seem like it will work out.  God is not limited by the simple things that we are.  There is no drought so dry, not problem so big, that He can’t handle.  So we need to approach Him with confidence and know that even when we have “heavy hearts….will come home laughing”.  God can set us free.  He can come alongside no matter what the circumstances and restore our soul so the crop will grow and bring a bountiful harvest.  God is good, all the time!

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