Daily D – Psalm 126:1
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
PSALM 126:1 (CSB)
it was like a dream!
We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
Some things are worth waiting for.
Over and again in the pages of the Bible, we are told to wait. Check out this resource with twenty-three verses about waiting on God [https://bit.ly/2PXGng9].
The last year and a half has been a time of waiting. This places us in the good company of almost everyone who has ever lived.
What comes at the end of the waiting?
Most of us know Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you” —this is the LORD’s declaration —“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” It is important to understand the broader context of this verse. Verses 4-28 are a letter from Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon. Some prophets there were telling the people that they would return to Jerusalem and Judah within a couple of years.
Jeremiah’s message made it clear this was not an accurate assessment. They were to settle in, have families, plant gardens, and seek God’s blessing on the land of exile because they would not leave there for seventy years. They would have to wait.
One of the most challenging spiritual disciplines is that of waiting. This psalm tells us what happens at the end of the waiting. There are three things mentioned here:
1. God does what only God can do in his perfect timing.
2. We laugh deeply and satisfactorily when we see our God-given dreams come true.
3. We shout with joy at our deep longings fulfilled.
What has God said to you in the last year and a half?
What is he bringing to completion in his perfect timing?
If you are not singing and shouting with joy yet, keep waiting. The end of all stories shaped by God’s dreams for us is satisfying laughter and lasting joy.
Some things are worth waiting for.
Our Father in heaven’s perfect timing is worth the wait.
I will wait, and I will celebrate.
Our Father, I am waiting on you. You are worth the wait. Today’s sighs and tears will be swallowed up in satisfying laughter and lasting joy. I can wait! Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.