April 5, 2019

by Rusty Taylor


Psalm 126


A Pilgrim Song 
126: 1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, 
    when  God  returned Zion’s exiles. 
We laughed, we sang, 
    we couldn’t believe our good fortune. 
We were the talk of the nations— 
    “Go d was wonderful to them!” 
God  was  wonderful to us; 
    we are one happy people. 
4-6 And now , God, do it again— 
    bring rains to our drought-stricken lives 
So those who planted their crops in despair 
    will shout hurrahs at the harvest, 
So those who went off with heavy hearts 
    will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. 
The songs of Ascents that the Hebrew people sang are much like  
our worship music today. They are songs that remind us of where  
we have been and where we are going. As the journey of Lent takes  
us to Jerusalem for the outpouring of the love of Jesus we must  
remember that those who have gone before us have been on a  
similar journey. Many have been in exile and felt abandoned by God.  
Exile can take on different forms, but when we are separated from  
God by any circumstance or situation, we are in exile. But God is  
faithful, and wants to restore us to wholeness. And although our lives  
are often drought-stricken, God is there to bring hope and joy! 

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