“When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 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.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.”
There are a lot of verses we cling to and depend on in hard times. But this is a Psalm of celebration and thanksgiving.
The Israelites had just been released from captivity and were returning to their homeland after many years of suffering. The Apostle Paul related many instances of persecution and difficulty in his own life and promised his followers that they too, would suffer. Peter wrote whole books on the topic. But there are also times in life when God shows us the fullness of His great mercy even in this life on a corrupted earth.
In this Psalm the children of Jehovah are rightly celebrating good times. Note that even the surrounding pagan nations noticed the blessings upon them and commented that it was the God of Israel who had brought joyful times to them.
We all have much to be thankful for, especially those of us who live in America. Let’s remember to revisit this short, happy passage now and then to rekindle our thankfulness to our good God.