DAY 9 • DECEMBER 21
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 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.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
In the first half of this Psalm, the writer praises God for what he has done. The Israelites were exiled from their land because they did not obey God. Despite this, God restored the Israelites to their home after their time of exile. The writer of this psalm is remembering the joy and delight of that moment. It was so beautiful it was like a dream. He thanks God for fulfilling his promises. Then in the second half, the tone shifts. The writer prays that God would restore the fortunes of his people. He asks that God would do again what he has done in the past. That’s what the season of Advent is about: remembering what God has done and how he has been faithful in the past so that we can have hope for the future. Remembering God’s faithfulness in sending Jesus to the world allows us to strengthen our trust in God. We know that God has proven himself good and trustworthy in the past. Therefore, we know he will come through for us and for the world in the future.
Write down or reminisce with God about 3 ways that he has been faithful to you in the past (maybe even the past year). Thank him for the ways that he has kept his promises.
Spend a few moments speaking to God (or writing in a journal) about where in your life you are having trouble trusting his faithfulness. Take a minute and just listen for what God might be trying to say to you about this area of your life.
Pray that God would give you a long memory in this season and the year to come. Pray that you would not forget the many ways that God has been faithful to you in your life and that these acts of faithfulness would give you the strength you need to continue to trust God.
Write down at least three ways that God has been faithful to you this year, no matter how big for small. Then over dinner, text, call, Zoom, or social media, ask at least one other person to do the same and share their answers with you. The more people you ask, the more evidence you will receive that God is faithful (and the more people who will be reminded of God’s faithfulness)!
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