What makes us the people of God? Some people think that having their names on the roll of some church will do it. Others think that if they carry a symbol of Christianity, like a cross, etc. will do it. Others think that if they try to help people and do good deeds that will be enough. Finally, others think that if they attend a service on a regular basis that will be sufficient.
Although these things are very good they are just part of the process. They do not represent the whole thing. They are external and not internal. People, even people that do all these things, need to be renewed and restored once in a while in their Christian life. They need a refreshing touch from God in their lives to keep them moving forward and living their Christianity. We all need once in a while an AHA! moment, an epiphany, a revelation, a turning point.
Psalm 126 is about that restoration. A restoration that happened in the past, it can happen in the present, and we hope, it will happen in the future.
The Christian life is wonderful because it has these three elements involved in our lives. The restoration of the people of God is something that is always ready to happen in our lives.
The first aspect is GOD’S ACTIONS IN THE PAST. That is the first thing that the psalmist mentions here in this psalm. The psalmist took a look in his past and saw what God had done for him and his people.
In verses 1-3 we have this:
 When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.
 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Like the psalmist we should have the same attitude. We should take a look into our past and see what God already did. Here are the actions of God in their lives.
A – Restoring Zion’s Fortunes
The first action that the psalmist mentions is that God restored their fortunes. God brought them back from exile. They were under the dominion of the Babylonians, and after a power struggle the Persians took control, and Cyrus, king of Persia, sent them back. God took them and brought them to their own land.
B – Bringing Joy to the People
The second action that he mentions is the joy. When they went back to their land, they just could not believe that that was real. It seemed like a dream. They were so happy that they wanted everyone to know. Joy was overflowing in their lives.
C – Producing Recognition among the Nations
Finally they acknowledged that what God did was recognized by all the other nations. People all over that region knew that God did something extraordinary for His people.
Has God done something in your life that you remember and cherish very much? Does that bring joy in your heart when you remember it? Are other people able to recognize and realize that God was at work in your life? I hope and pray you will answer yes to all of these questions.
Have a blessed week,