When the LORD restored the fortunes
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled
with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things
The LORD had done great things for us;
we were joyful.
Restore our fortunes, LORD,
like watercourses in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with shouts of joy.
Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves.
When the Israelites had been held captive in Babylon for 7 decades, Cyrus came to rule and issued a decree. The captives should return to their own country, rebuild their city and temple (Isaiah 44:28), and not only that but they should leave with gifts. This was nothing less than the outstretched arm of Jehovah! The LORD had indeed restored their fortunes. Verse 1 says, “We were like those who dream”. The word dream can be rendered as being restored to health. The verse would then go something like this, It was such a wonderful restoration! As an unexpected comfort after intense pain; or the recovery of health after a very long and tedious sickness. I like that. Are you praying for your health to be restored or for someone else you know? Praise our God and Savior! He is indeed a God of wonders! His beauty is stunning, His love is unending, His mercy is bountiful, His power is unmatched, and His presence is craved. Come Lord Jesus and make our joy complete!
Has the Lord done great things for you? Do you speak to your heart when it is tempted to live in what the senses reveal and demand that it rejoice in the Lord instead? Praise you Lord that You give us hope and a future! We are nothing without You. We have nothing if not for You. You are our all in all (Col. 3:11). You have indeed done a merciful work on our behalf – remember us again Lord in our hour of need! Verse 4 reads, “Restore our fortunes, Lord, like watercourses (streams) in the Negev!” The word Negev is a Hebrew word meaning south; based on a word meaning to be dry. Do you feel spiritually dry? Overflow our lives with Your goodness Lord! May it be like a river bursting with water from a fresh rain that can do nothing more but breach its banks! In Your name Jesus.
Are you in a season of hurting for yourself or someone else and have been flooded by tears? Indeed, there is a healing that comes through tears. However, let’s not just shed tears! “Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.” Sow the Word (declare Scripture) through your tears. Jesus explained in Luke 8:11 that the seed is the Word of God. The promise is that if we sow in tears we will reap with shouts of joy! We will reap a harvest indeed. We must not grow weary in doing good for it is not for us to know when the harvest will come. Continue sowing the Word to your heart, soul, mind, and spirit sweet DIVA. Jesus also speaks in Luke 8:12-15 of those who will not have a harvest. Those that weep but do not sow are ones 1) the Devil has taken the Word from their heart, 2) departed from the Word because of severe testing, and 3) choked by the issues of life. Let it not be so Lord that we, through the anguish of our souls, are unable to sow the Word!! Stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders and empower your saints with boldness to pray, speak, sow, and lead!! Hallelujah and Amen!! Thank you Lord that Your word says, “Those that sow seed are happy beside abundant waters” (Isaiah 32:20)!
Remember to memorize or read 15 times Psalm 126! Are you in?
In His grace,