Today we sing of history, home, and hope as we seek to connect the dots of past, present, and future (Psalm 126-131).
Morning breaks with our reading of Psalm 126 and history comes to mind.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like …” (vs.1)
And so we petition our Father regarding our present and future.
“Restore our fortunes, Lord …” (vs.4)
Around noon we read Psalm 127-128 and our hearts turn toward home.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. … Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. …” (127.1,3)
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. … May you live to see your children’s children …” (128.3,6)
Hope wells up in us as we read Psalm 129-131 tonight.
“… let Israel say; ‘they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. … the Lord is righteous …” (129.2,4a)
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. …” (130.5)
“Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” (131.3)
History, home, and hope are a powerful triad. We do well to daily and deliberately work this triangle with our attention. For history is for remembering and learning, not neglecting. The home is not for negligence, but for labor and reward. And hope is for remembering our God in all things and finding our rest in him both now and forever.