Yes, Yahweh did great deeds for us and we were overjoyed. Bring back, Yahweh, our people from captivity like torrents in the Negev! Those who sow in tears sing as they reap. He went off, went off weeping carrying the seed. He comes back, comes back singing, bringing in his sheaves.”
The first impression of reading this Psalm is to recount the history of modern Israel. Jews from all over the world have come to Israel "like torrents in the Negev". I have a number of Jewish friends that I have met on what I call the photographer's Facebook called Flickr. Most of them post images of a modern, prosperous, secular country.
The diaspora of the Jews has filled many chapters of history, yet Yahweh prevails and brings them to their homeland.
The joy in our journey is the surety that no matter where we are, no matter how far we have strayed, God's love is there for each and every human being on the face of the earth. For each one of us, it is God's desire, to find our way to the "homeland" of salvation, trust and steadfastness we have been provided through the blood of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Robert Frost, in his poem 'Birches' penned this line, "earth's the right place for love, I don't know where it is likely to go better." "God so loved the world...." Yes, it is indeed love that God shows to all of us. How we so greatly need to show this God centered love to all those with whom we have contact.
May our Christ-centered love cause people to be "like torrents in the Negev," to flow to the arms of our loving Savior, and to rest in the peace that only He can offer. Amen.
- John Somers
United Church of Strafford, VT
First Freewill Baptist Church, Sutton, NH, and their pastor Heather Koop Fulton
The ministry of the food pantries our churches run.