Psalm 126 and The Passion of Conversion

d2236-psalm-126-5-6People who have been Christian for a while tend to lose the passion they had at first. This passion is even found among those who have grown up in the Church but had that “heart warming experience” where faith became real and Christianity went from being a religion to being a relationship with God. Yet for these people as well, that passion can cool off over time. This is why Psalm 126 is a great reminder for us:

When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
    it was like we had been dreaming.
Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;
    our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.
It was even said, at that time, among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them!”
Yes, the Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are overjoyed.

Lord, change our circumstances for the better,
    like dry streams in the desert waste!
Let those who plant with tears
    reap the harvest with joyful shouts.
Let those who go out,
    crying and carrying their seed,
    come home with joyful shouts,
    carrying bales of grain!

We look back to see what God has done in the past for us, and then we are reminded for what we need to pray in the present. May we all never lose the passion we had at conversion or heart warming experience. And if we do lose it, may we cry out to the Lord to possess it once again just as the psalmist did.

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