Psalm 126 (The Voice)

A song for those journeying to worship.

1 Remember when the Eternal brought back the exiles to Zion?
It was as if we were dreaming—
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter;
our tongues were spilling over into song.
The word went out across the prairies and deserts,
across the hills, over the oceans wide, from nation to nation:
“The Eternal has done remarkable things for them.”
3 We shook our heads. All of us were stunned—the Eternal has done remarkable things for us.
We were beyond happy, beyond joyful.

4 And now, Eternal One, some are held captive and poor.
Release them, and restore our fortunes
as the dry riverbeds of the South spring to life when the rains come at last.
5 Those who walk the fields to sow, casting their seed in tears,
will one day tread those same long rows, amazed by what’s appeared.
6 Those who weep as they walk
and plant with sighs
Will return singing with joy,
when they bring home the harvest.

We are created with the ability to hold many circumstances and feelings at one time. As this psalmist pens the words we see them remember what the God has done and we were beyond happy, beyond joyful. But also, the psalmist recognizes a space of sadness and lament as some are held captive.

Today, with God, as you reflect on a current situation in your own life, open your hands with your palms facing upward. Notice what emotions arise. If multiple feelings arise, hold them all in your open hands, without judging any of them. There is no question to answer – just notice. Give gratitude with God for whatever has arisen.