“When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
it was like we had been dreaming. Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter; our tongues were filled with joyful shouts. It was even said, at that time, among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them!” Yes, the Lord has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed.
Lord, change our circumstances for the better, like dry streams in the desert waste! Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts.”
Psalm 126 (Common English version)
The Israelites had been in captivity for many years and lost all hope of returning to Jerusalem. And then God “changed their circumstances”!!!! They went back to their homeland and all you could hear were shouts of joy. After all this time, they thought all was lost and that they might not ever be able to return to the homeland they knew and had been passed down by their ancestors. And then God………
Being in exile is not always a “physical” place. It can sometimes be a state of mind. Or it may be that the circumstances around us have caused us to feel separated or isolated or alone, as if the answer to the world’s problems depended on us. That isolation or separation causes us to empathize with the Israelites and say “I know what you mean”.
And then God changes our circumstances for the better!!! Hallelujah! We get a different outlook, a better perspective on things. Restoration of what once was occurs and we find ourselves in a much better place than before. Sometimes we just need to step back and say, “Lord, change my circumstances!” And be sure to be thankful when they are!
The Psalms of Lent remind us that God is always with us, surrounds us with love and care and keeps us in moments of distress and challenge.
PRAYER: Life-changing God, we thank you for changing our circumstances for the better!! Amen.