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What kind of joy is it when God’s people realize His work of restoration? In Psalm 126 it is like a dream. I don’t know about your dreams. Mine rarely make complete sense. They seem real, but that reality is somehow different from the reality we grasp when awake. For instance, I once had a dream in which I had to drive a passenger car across town by jumping it from the top of one large garbage truck to another. We know this is impossible. It was annoying but not impossible in the dream.
What of the dream which God in Christ gives us, that our sin has been taken away, our failure transferred to God the Son, our shame taken away by God’s forgiveness which He prepared for us? The only frustration there is wondering if we will wake up and find out it’s not so. In Psalm 126 we don’t awaken from the dream, because it is absolutely true. We go through life as if we are dreaming. We wake to find it is real. We go to sleep and it is still real. Yes, the Lord has done great things (v. 3). That’s the Christian life. It’s perfectly real, and we are all graciously invited to believe it.
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