Feb5SunFebruary 5, 2017
“Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.” Ps 126:4
In verse one it says “when the Lord turned again our captivity…” which is an indication that He had done it before. It’s a phrase used to mean a release from captivity or bondage and a return/restoration to favor and blessing.
In verse four of Psalm 126 the restoration is compared to the streams in the south desert that were a result of the downpour of torrential rains that filled the dry parched riverbeds. After a long dry season it is refreshing to have the rain. The droughts (dry seasons) of hopelessness and despair fade as restoration of favor and blessing appear.
The abundance of rain is an indication of the showers of blessings God is sending. It’s time to laugh and rejoice because the favor of the Lord is here. It’s time to ASK – Ask, Seek, Knock!!! It’s time to Receive, to Find, and for Doors to Open. Jesus is unleashing (to allow or cause something very powerful to happen suddenly) His Authority and Power again in the earth.
For many, the dry season was much more than they could handle. The delay of rain extended beyond the limits of their faith. But those who have waited patiently on the Lord are coming alive at the scent of fresh rain and are budding with expectation, zeal and excitement (see Job 14:9).
The wait is always the most difficult period for the people of God because of the flesh. The flesh always wants its way and never wants to wait. It gets nasty, antsy, frustrated, unruly, demanding and disheveled. The flesh wars and picks a fight with anything and anyone when it does not get its way. The last thing it wants to do is wait. God word says, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom.” You wonder why…
“…then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.” Dt 30:3