According to the psalmist, we ought to lay our dreams before the Lord. We ought to desire his blessing in our harvests. Yet at the same time, we ought to consider whether we are humble before him, and seeking him, and following his ways…
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
2 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.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
What is your dream? What do you dream and hope that God might do in your life to bless and restore you? Could it be that you are sowing with tears today and hoping to reap with songs of joy in the future? The psalmist demonstrates that it is okay to dream. It is natural to lay dreams before the Lord.
We hope in a God who cares for us and wants the best for us. God promises over and over that if his people will follow his ways, seek him, and humble themselves before him, that he will bless them and heal their land and be with them.
And so we ought to lay our dreams before the Lord. We ought to desire his blessing in our harvests. Yet at the same time, we ought to consider whether we are humble before him, and seeking him, and following his ways.
God’s love for us is based on his character. His blessing, however, is often based on our relationship to him. Oh Lord, may we draw close to you and live dreams which are in sync with your love and plans for us…