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Psalm 126 is a wonderful Psalm. We consider it for a moment. Have you ever had a good dream? One in which the situation you dream of is too good to be true? You awaken from this dream and, at least for a moment, you can think it is true. You don’t quite know if it was real or imaginary.
The Christian life, as pictured in Scripture, is almost the opposite of this. In the Christian life, we look at what God is doing. He has given his people complete peace. Our striving is over. Our insecurity is gone. We have nothing to fear, absolutely nothing. We know that in Christ all is taken care of. Not even death can harm us in the end.
This seems too good to be true. And, as we have all been taught, if it seems too good to be true, it isn’t true. But that’s not right teaching. In Christ, it seems too good to be true but it is, in fact, absolutely true. God has rescued his people in Christ. There is no place left for fear, for shame, for disputing or doubting. We awaken to a reality which is better than any dream could ever be. That’s utterly amazing.
In Psalm 126 we find, also, that the wonderful news is not so much for our sake, either. It is accomplished because God is good and faithful. It is done because God wants all the nations to see and know His character. This is mercy indeed. God’s grace is shed on his people because God is gracious. Thanks be to God.
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