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May 6, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Chronicles 15-17
Audio: 1 Chronicles 15-17

Psalm 126 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. The Restorer

    Today's psalm speaks of God restoring the fortunes of Zion (Psalm 126:1;4). This relates to Israel's return from exile in Babylon. To those who experienced this liberation it was like a dream to be brought back from captivity. 

    To be restored is to be "brought back into original existence, use, function, or position" (Bible Sense Lexicon). Just as God brought Israel back from exile, He restores believers to a right state before Him – the way Adam was in the Garden before the Fall.

    I often say, "God is in the restoration business" because His sanctifying work in us that beings the moment we are born again brings us back into an original existence, use, function and position before sin and condemnation entered the world.

    Just as the Lord said in Joel 2:25, "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten," He restores to believers the years that we wasted away before Christ was our Lord and Savior.

    Psalm 80:19 says, "Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!"

    Psalm 85:4 says, "Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!"

    In Christ, He certainly has put away His indignation toward us!

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Preserve Me Through This Day" by Robert Parker

    "When I am tossed about with the storms of doubts and fears, show me how to lay hold of your word and promises. Then all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil will never prevail over me, since I know in whom I have believed.

    Increase the light of my faith, that it may daily cast forth more clear beams. Preserve that faith in the darkness of death, that it may guide me to eternal life.

    Confirm the good work you have begun in me, strengthen me inwardly, and preserve me blameless until the day of the Lord Jesus Christ, that I may inherit eternal life. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. I have a lot on my mind this morning, and can't relate at all to this psalm except with hope for the future.

    I've suffered a lot of losses over the years, including the loss of many years wasted in my youth that I cannot get back. But it's too easy to look back with regret instead of looking forward to TODAY — not even the future, but TODAY — as an opportunity to enjoy the gift and grace of not just being alive, but I am alive in Christ!

    The sun is shining, the birds are singing, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and I am alive to enjoy these gifts of God in Creation.

    But even if I am locked away in a dark prison in a foreign country, suffering at the hands of those who hate me, I am able to rejoice in this: Because of Jesus Christ and what He has done for me, Almighty God is my Father in heaven. By God’s grace, He has given me the gift of faith, and restored me from death to life by giving me new life in Christ. I am a new creation! I have been set free from the bondage of sin, escaped the judgement to come, and been granted access to God for all things. He is my provider, my Savior, my rock and my refuge.

    Paul lived with this attitude of rejoicing in all things. He didn’t look back at what he had lost as something to be regained, but as rubbish in light of what he gained in Christ Jesus!

    “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

    This earthly life is a miracle. But the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ is the greatest miracle of all — that God would take a sinner like me and redeem me for His glory.


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