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Psalm 126 “Restore My Joy”

joy 2.jpg   I’ve been reading, studying and meditating on Psalm 126. I would never tell anyone to do something, I have not done myself. So now you have it. I encourage you to read, study and meditate often only because it is a part of my spiritual practice and I know that it works. I am a witness that God’s word is true! Okay, Psalm 126 is an awesome chapter of Psalms. It speaks of how the Lord freed the Babylonians from captivity. He not only restored their spirits, he also restored their land. 

I know all to well that life can throw some major curve balls. We have all experienced things that we feel stripped us from everything we once knew. Those unexpected circumstances and traumatic experiences can leave one feeling lost, alone and afraid. They can leave you feeling sad, anxious, depressed and like you can not go on any longer. You may feel like life will never be the same after something like this. It leaves you wondering how in the world will I ever get past it? Will I ever be that happy, cheerful person I once was? Well I am here to tell you that recovery and restoration is possible. If you are willing do your part you can recover and God will restore you. Ask me how I know? I was once that person. Let me be very clear. Being restored does not mean that you’ll have everything you ever wanted. It’s not about material things at all for me. God has given me my joy back, my peace back and because of that I’m ready to move forward with my future. That’s what being restored is all about. Don’t get me wrong I still have days when I’m like ok God where are you; however, those are the days that I have to ask God for forgiveness for not trusting him completely, for allowing the enemy to use my mind as his playground, for not activating my faith! 

In this particular Psalm I can imagine that the Babylonians had to repent as well. One can imagine the emotions they must have felt while being confined for all of those years. I’m sure they were miserable and uncomfortable. They must have endured major physical,mental and emotional hurt. They were probably filled with anxiety. As we know anxiety is another form of fear. So basically they were afraid. They had plenty of time to think which leads to over-thinking and we’ve recently learned in an early post that over-thinking is not good at all. They too like myself wondered where was God. How could he had forgotten us? I’m sure this led to mistrust in God, caused them to become angry with him and they began to lose their patience.  These are all normal feelings that one usually feel when we do not understand what’s happening around us; however, a hardship is not the time to pull away from God and turn your back on him, if anything you should draw nearer. Get as close as you can. Pray as hard as you can. Study and read your bible as much as you can. 

In the times of trials and suffering we have to learn to stand strong and pray through the process. When things seems as if they are getting out of control it’s God’s way of preparing you for something greater. He’s grooming you for a greater work. Ask him for endurance and perseverance. It is through endurance and perseverance that we will begin to see the goodness of the Lord in our lives.  God’s word tell us that the reward isn’t given to the swift and mighty but to the one who endures till  the end. We must remain patient, faithful and obedient in order for recovery and restoration to begin. It is then like Zion our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongues with a song. The tears that we cried and all those sleepless nights will reproduce unspeakable joy into our lives. It Is Written in his word and if God said it , I believe it! So let’s stand on Psalm 126 today and declare in our atmosphere that My Tears and Sleepless Nights Are Seeds That I Have Sown For Joy!!!! The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength!!! I Shall Have Unspeakable Joy!!!

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