Sometimes we are so focused in the past that we forget to pay attention in what is going on now. We are grateful for what God did in our lives, but now we turn our eyes to the present. In Psalm 126, we see the psalmist making that turn. He recognized what God did in the past, but now he should look in THE PEOPLE’S NEED IN THE PRESENT – VR. 4.
This is the second aspect in the restoration of God’s people. It is something that has to happen in our present, right now. It is important for us to remember what God did for us in the past, but we cannot keep our eyes in the past all the time. There are still things in our lives that need to be restored. The psalmist says: “ Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.”
The word Negev or Negeb means dry. It is an area south of Jerusalem and Judea. It is one of the most arid places in the Bible. The Negev is a dry wadi during the summer season. Wadis are dry riverbeds, like dry valleys. They do not have water during the summer, but during the springtime or rainy season they are transformed into rivers, since they collect waters from various areas. They can even become very dangerous torrents within a short while of torrential rain, overflowing its riverbank and causing flash flooding.
So, when the psalmist asks God to restore his fortunes like streams in the Negev he had in his mind a desert place that suddenly is restored by the rain, making him overflow with blessings.
Let us take a look and see what would be the characteristics of this restoration that the psalmist is asking:
A – A Complete Restoration
This is what the psalmist asks God for, a complete restoration. There are more people to be restored; people who belong to God’s people but are not experiencing the restoration and the joy that God can perform. The psalmist is asking God to restore all of them.
B – An Internal Restoration
The second thing is the internal restoration. Of course we need restoration in our business, family, health, relationships, etc. The psalmist is talking about an internal restoration, something that needs to happen inside of our hearts. After a while our hearts becomes so dry that we need a refreshing move from God in our lives.
C – An Abundant Restoration
The psalmist mentions the Negev. As we learned, the south had some dry and desert land that would be dry almost all year long. But suddenly in the winter rain those places would receive so many waters that they would become dangerous places. The waters would run and flood immense areas. This is what the psalmist is praying for, an abundant restoration, something that would move them back to the right place, and make them flourish again.
My friend, maybe you are going through a season like the people were in this psalm, and maybe you should unite your voice with the psalmist and cry out to the Lord: “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.”
Have a blessed week,