1When theÂ LordÂ restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, â€œThe Lord has done great things for them.â€
3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
4Restore our fortunes, OÂ Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
The word I chose for today is the restored/restore that begins both stanzas of this short Psalm.
God’s people knew the joy of God’s restoration–again and again in scripture, we see God restoring what has been taken or lost. Restoration of a people to a land after the Exodus. Restoration of the people to God over and over in the time of the Judges. Restoration of individuals who turned from sin and sought God even still–Sarah, Moses, David. Restoration of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity.
Again and again, God is one who restored.
Again and again, God’s people hope in coming restoration.
We long for every broken, lost, and stolen fortune to be restored in the Kingdom that is coming. God has done great things for us. God will do great things for us.