Monday, May 2, 2011

Psalm 126

1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2Then 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."
3The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad.

4Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.

Questions to consider:
  • What do you think it means to be "like those who dream"?
  • How have you seen the truth of verse 3 in your own life?
  • Do verses 5 and 6 give you hope?
  • How have you seen the promises in this passage fulfilled in your life?
Possibilities for prayer:

Maybe it was really easy for some of you to think of ways that God has fulfilled the promises in this psalm, the way that God is able to transform pain and sorrow into laughter and joy. But maybe for others it was more difficult in this moment to see that possibility of transformation clearly. Whatever your current situation or frame of mind, take a moment to pray that God would give you eyes to see the transformational power that God has to take hardship and strife and turn it into something beautiful for God's glory. Ask that God would give you the ability to see beyond the hard stuff right in front of you, and to praise God in the midst of anything...calm or storm!