Our scripture this morning is Psalms 126.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 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.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
This psalm reminds the people of Israel of the great things God has done for them throughout their history. He brought them out of slavery in Egypt, He returned them from captivity in Babylon and He has promised His son, the Messiah will come to save us all from sin and death. God has had a plan for us all along.
The psalmist speaks of the rains that come to water the desert and how God’s streams of mercy will restore our lives. The psalm ends with “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (v. 6). God will provide for our needs when we obey, becoming part of the process.
God needs no help from us, but wants us to partner with Him and all the faithful to spread His love. Sharing the joy we know in Him and the gift of salvation He offers is our calling in this life. May we be good stewards of the Gospel until Christ returns for us.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for all Your gifts to us. Bless us to be a blessing to others, showing the world the way You would have us live together. Amen.