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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.