1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are glad indeed.
4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses of the Negeb.
5Those who sowed with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
The confidence displayed in this psalm is inspiring. I remember a time when I was going through a very painful time, and it was God who walked with me through it, comforting and guiding me to a place where I could once again walk in strength.
I trust in God’s guidance more and more every time this happens. The challenge is seeing it in the moment. I don’t always recognize God’s guidance. I don’t always see the clear path God is laying out for me to walk.
This psalm is a reminder that when those times come when I can’t see the way, I can at least pray that God will move in my life, in my future, to help bring about God’s will, even if I don’t have a clear picture of it.
“Restore our fortunes, O Lord” is the cry of someone who has seen God’s goodness in the past, and seeks it again. The writer knows that God is working in the lives of God’s people to bring about future blessing, even if it is not seen in the present, just as God did in the past.
What is God calling you to in the future? Can you trust God to make of your future a blessing for you and those around you? I invite you this week to pray that God will “restore our fortunes” in whatever way God sees fit, and that we have the courage to boldly walk toward it.