Joy When Life Is Hard

Longing for HomeLife is hard. But as you think about the wonder of the Lord’s salvation, even when life is hard, especially when life is hard, there are times when pure joy should erupt in your soul. Psalm 126 records the journey of Israel going up to Jerusalem to worship. This psalm captures this joy.

Laughter and praise flow freely in the psalm. This psalm is one that brings perspective. God has indeed rescued you from the pit. You are not treated as your sins deserve. You will know the joy of eternity with your Savior. Your tears of sorrow will turn into tears of joy. Life is hard, but Jesus has recused you and brings hope, joy and yes, even laughter.

As a son or daughter of the King of Kings you do have reason to laugh and know joy, even in life’s difficult times. Join with the joyful thoughts of God’s people over the last 3,000 years. Like David, God will restore the joy of your salvation!

Your shattered dreams, your dark times will all be restored in an eternity of joyful communion with Christ. Praise his name!

Psalm 126
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.


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