Returning the Captives

January 9, 2013 | Tags: ,

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
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 for them.”
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.

Psalm 126

Jesus is about setting the captives free. Beginning with the captive Israelites in the land of Egypt during the time of Moses, God’s plan has always been about rescuing His people from captivity and bringing them into a good and spacious land–the Promised Land. Each of us has a Promised Land. It is God’s desire to bring us into it.

The first word of Psalm 126 is “When.” It is not “If.” The footnote translation in the HCSB of verse 1 is “When the Lord returned those of Zion who had been captives, we were like those who dream.” God will return the captives to Himself. Jesus is our Promised Land.

Are you carrying your bag of seed, weeping? Do you feel like you’ve been there for a long time? Rest assured, Beloved, you will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying your sheaves. You who now weep are blessed because you will laugh. God will open the floodgates of heaven and pour Himself into your life. Wait and put your hope in His Word. Put your hope in Jesus. He sets the captives free. We will return with shouts of joy. Hallelujah!

By Courtney Silberman

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