Believe Again
Psalm 126

September 19, 2021 • Brian Becker • It's A New Day

When we were children it was easier to believe and imagine that the improbable and impossible could happen. Then life happened. And for many of us: “then this year happened.”

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Sermon Notes - September 19th, 2021
It’s A New Day - Brian Becker

Psalm 126 (MSG)
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune.

Psalm 126 (MSG)
We were the talk of the nations—“God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.

Psalm 126 (MSG)
And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair will shout “Yes!” at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

It’s time to…
Part 1: Believe Again
Part 2: Laugh Again
Part 3: Sing Again
Part 4: Pray Again
Part 5: Dream Again

Psalm 126:1-2 (MSG)
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune.

Lamentations 1:1-2 (NLT)
Jerusalem, once so full of people, is now deserted. She who was once great among the nations now sits alone like a widow. Once the queen of all the earth, she is now a slave. She sobs through the night; tears stream down her cheeks. Among all her lovers, there is no one left to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her and become her enemies.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NLT)
In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Returning from “exile” isn’t about God returning to people, but about people returning to God.

Jeremiah 29:14 (NLT)
I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

I will listen…
I will be found…
I will end your captivity…
I will restore your fortunes…
I will gather you out of the nations…
I will bring you home again…

“I can’t.”---“You can.”

“I was wrong.”---“You are right.”

“I am broken.”---“You are whole.”

“I am a sinner.”---“You are the Savior.”

If we half-heartedly follow, we will whole-heartedly fail.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed….

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

Isaiah 61:4 (NLT)
They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.

Jesus died the death that we were already dying so that he could give us the life we could never live on our own!