Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 27, 2011

“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
My “Summer in the Psalms” series has become more than I expected. I am not sure why because I should have learned by now the Word of God is always filled with wonders. God always exceeds our expectations so why wouldn’t His Word?
Psalm 126 is no exception. I came to it with one paradigm but it is taking me in another direction – a better one! It will be a joy to share my discoveries with you.

Barbara and I discovered a restaurant recently. We had driven past it almost every day and had wondered about it but never stopped to try it out. The steak sandwich I ordered exceeded my expectation. She enjoyed her wrap. We left contented but both commented on the way out, “Wow! We will definitely come back here!” Our contentment with the experience had already put a “discontent” within us. We went back this Sunday!

Today I want to share a thought with you that may seem to contradict my post from a couple of days ago when I shared how to find contentment. Psalm 126 shows how to live in what I call a state of “holy discontent”.

Contentment is the result of knowing you are exactly where God wants you while the “holy discontent” has moved you to this place, and it is what will keep you chasing Him. It is the dynamic tension that Christ-followers have as they live in relationship with an infinite God. Contentment is the moment you enjoy with God and the “holy discontent” is the momentum that moves you to the next God-moment. It is like Abraham building an altar to mark where he met God yesterday as he packs up his tents to move on.

This is how God deals with those who have allowed His dream to be birthed into their spirit. Psalm 126 gives us insights into where this “holy discontent” comes from, how to manage it and where it takes me. It is how you dwell between the dreams with a God Whom has done great things in the past, is doing great things today that you are yet to recognize but has also promised His best for tomorrow.

It is hard to dwell between the dreams as you witness the great things He is doing for others and you remember when He did it for you and you long for the next big thing He will do – but it doesn’t seem to be happening for you now. If you don’t understand the “holy discontent” you may find yourself doubting, disillusioned or just plain discouraged.

Are you “stuck” between dreams? Do you long to see God move for you like He is for others? Are you struggling to keep your discontent “holy”?