A Song of Ascents.
1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion,
We were like unto them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing:
Then said they among the nations,
The LORD hath done great things for them.
3 The LORD hath done great things for us;
Whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 Though he goeth on his way weeping, bearing forth the seed;
He shall come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
The Lord does restore our fortunes – the Lord does return again our captivity. He breaks us out of the bonds of oppressors and returns us again to his wide and open land. Israel was restored in the stories of the Old Testament. We, too, are restored today.
When God restores, we feel like we’re living the dream. The blessing of liberty brings a lightness of heart and a mouth full of laughter and song. Other people can see it in us, too. When God lifts you onto solid ground, people can see the peace in your eyes and the relaxing in your shoulders. I think the change is seen because of how significant the change truly is: with restored hearts our whole lives – spiritually & physically – are nourished and supported.
What are you dealing with? I know too many who are suffering traumas they do not deserve. When someone shares their hurts or troubles with me, my heart breaks for them. This psalm should be something I turn to, for their sakes and mine.
I speak with others suffering in the trap of temptation and sin. This too breaks my heart. I remember my own feeling of helplessness; feeling addicted to the very thing destroying me. Again, this psalm should be something I turn my friends toward when they’re struggling with sins: God turns back our captivity – restores us again – and we can be forgiven. This is a psalm of hope.
We may spend a day sowing tears, but a harvest is inherent in seeds: where there are seeds, there is a harvest. What do you sow when you cry? Let us sow seeds of peace for a harvest of righteousness. Please, reach out to Christ the savior and he will restore you again.