I began memorizing this Psalm yesterday:
When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with joyful shouting;
then they said among the nations,
“the LORD has done great things for them”.
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad.
Restore our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
He who goes to and fro weeping,
carrying his bag of seed,
shall indeed come again with a shout of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
Have you ever prayed for something so “impossible” that if God were to answer your prayer, it would be like a dream come true? Have you ever prayed for something so out of your realm of influence that there was nothing you could do to make it happen?
What if God answered that prayer? How would you react? I mean, answered it the way you desired to see it answered – like every aspect of it came into being?
It’s kind of what I see here in the beginning of this psalm. The LORD brings back the captive ones of Zion and it was just like a dream come true. And the reaction was ecstatic joy. Lots of laughter and noise – (pretty sure they weren’t Baptists). Can you imagine the scene? Families reunited, husbands, wives, sons and siblings, all together once again. Gasps and shouts and hilarity rippling through the crowds of people. Dancing, hugging, waving hands, loud exclamations of praise to the LORD.
And other people saw it. The spectators, the “outsiders”, the other nations observed all of this. However, they must have known not only the reaction, but the diligence in prayer as well. Because their observation was that the LORD had done great things for the people who were rejoicing. The LORD came through for his people and the community noticed. And in one of the greatest understatements of all Scripture, these rejoicing people affirmed the goodness of God and said, “we are glad”. WOOT! (that’s in the original)
So, what are you praying for? Something impossible? Something beyond the realm of conceivability? Something outside of your power – above your pay grade? When God answers that prayer will you commit to let loose with some holy laughter? Some powerful, noisy praise so that even those in the next cubicle over from yours will acknowledge the greatness of God’s work in your life?
Will you be glad?
I’m praying for healing for my back. I’m praying for relief so that I can minister to my greatest capability. I can’t wait to laugh and shout for joy when I experience it. And I will say, “The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad”.