This is a powerful psalm of praise and renewal of life. It was written to celebrate the return of the Hebrew people from exile in Babylon. This event was a dream come true. They couldn’t believe the good news that they could return home to Jerusalem. They were so happy that they were singing and shouting for joy. Most importantly, they gave all the credit and glory to God.
How many times in our lives has the amazing thing that we dreamed about come true? This could be a wedding, a good job, a baby, a good grade, a new friend, whatever seemed to be the impossible. Did we shout for joy? Did we dance? Did we give the credit and glory to God?
This was true renewal of life itself. The writer tries to describe this renewal as best as possible. Then the writer begs for more. Lord, now restore our fortunes like a stream flowing and giving life in the desert.
We are reminded that the people of God live “by both memory and hope.”(Clinton McCann’s words) Even if you are in a time of tears now, new possibilities await. God is the author of all good things. You might be planting in tears now, but the harvest will come. Be patient and continue to make your request to God in faith that through God, all things are possible.
“ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28