Psalm 1261:6 MSG 1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles.We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune.We were the talk of the nations— “God was wonderful to them!”God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.
4-6 And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken livesSo those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest,So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
A Pilgrim Song
The writer begins with the emotions of celebration and joy expressed in remembering God's past acts of restoration on the return of the people to the land following the Babylonian exile. It’s interesting that the writer says that the nations that surround Israel, nations that worshipped other gods and often threatened, attacked, and invaded Israel, were astonished at what God had now done for them. Just think about that concept. Unbelievers and your enemies will be amazed at how God provides for and blesses you.
The psalm ends by painting beautiful images of God’s restoration; streams in the desert, farmers crying because they didn't expect a good harvest now rejoicing because of the amazing bounty from the harvest. For us today this psalm shows that although things may be dark and bleak remember that with God “the best is yet to come”. Then praise God with joy and thanksgiving as you remember the goodness, faithfulness, mercy and love of God.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.