1When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
3The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
(Psalm 126:1-4, King James Version)
What a wonderful Psalm to consider at the beginning of a new year, when memories of good things are fresh upon our minds, along with the hope of great things to come.
The Babylonian captivity was over! After 70 years, God fulfilled His promise and brought the captives back to their home city, Jerusalem! Indeed, they were like those that dreamed a dream--could it really be true that they were free again? We can just imagine their celebrations of joy: Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
We, as believers in Christ, know that joy of deliverance, do we not? Is it not very much like the joy we felt when we first believed--especially those of us who remember the years before our belief, when we walked about in darkness. The exhilaration of that time when our relationship with Christ was fresh and new. How free we felt, knowing that the chains of darkness which had held us fast were released forever. How easy it was, then, to share the great things that Christ had done for us.
Yet, living in this world of darkness brings new chains of captivity upon us. In our weak moments we are encompassed again by the troubles of this life. The Psalmist expressed it this way: Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. What a precious truth for the believer. Christ is always by our side, ready to intervene, bringing the refreshing rains which will stream over the parched and dry ground of our afflictions.
Often it seems as though we go from one trouble to the next. First it may be a death in the family, then a serious illness or injury, then financial difficulties, and so on. Yet, in all of these, as children of God, we have an Advocate with God the Father. Our Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. How amazing is that? We have the ear of God Almighty--He is never too busy to intercede on behalf of His troubled children.
Let us, then, not become too weary in the face of immense difficulties. Our God will continue to turn again our captivity; let us keep our eyes fixed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He, who walked this very earth, understands our difficulties and our weaknesses. He is able to not only deliver us, but to grant us grace as He walks through the trying times with us.
Let us turn our hearts, then, to God in celebration for the great and wondrous things He has done for us. What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,