A cheerful psalm this week:
1 When the LORD changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
it was like we had been dreaming.
2 Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;
our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.
It was even said, at that time, among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them!”
3 Yes, the LORD has done great things for us,
and we are overjoyed.
4 LORD, change our circumstances for the better,
like dry streams in the desert waste!
5 Let those who plant with tears
reap the harvest with joyful shouts.
6 Let those who go out, crying and carrying their seed,
come home with joyful shouts, carrying bales of grain!
That’s the Common English Bible. The NIV is a little more poetic, especially in Verse 1:
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
I love that line, “we were like those who dreamed.”