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. Psalm 126
“Every curse becomes a blessing
to the people of God’s choosing
He who spoke it shall perform it
He shall bring on us the blessing
though the enemy may fight.
My Jesus has done all things right.
In the dry and desert places
Jesus is our souls’ oasis.
He will give us of His plenty,
fill the vessels once so empty,
pour His waters on the ground,
living waters gushing round.
See the land so black and barren;
God will make a watered garden;
fruitfulness where once was parchedness,
light to break into the darkness,
upper springs and nether springs
in the field the Father’s given.
Satan tries, but cannot block it,
Powers of Hell could never stop it.
Darkness flees as light is given.
God establishes His heaven
in our hearts and in this place
shows the radiance of His face.”
“The Field” of The Northumbrian Community in Celtic Daily Prayer (New York: Harper Collins, 2002) 59-60.
What do you need from God today? Are you cursed or parched, empty or barren? Those who seek restoration and refreshment find it in the springs the Father gives.
That’s what Spofford (pictured above) does for me. It takes me back to the springs where darkness flees, the powers of Hell are vanquished and and the radiance of Christ shines.
If you are weary, go to such a place today by sitting in Psalm 126. There, you will be restored with living water for refreshment for enjoyment and generous sharing.