Believe Again
Lamentations 1:1-7, Isaiah 61:1-7 & Psalm 126

September 19, 2021 • Daniel Knutson • It's A New Day

This week as we launch a new series, "It's a New Day," Daniel reminds us to stay focused on God's goodness and promises despite the current state of the world or our circumstances. Pointing us to Psalm 126:5 with the reminder that "those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy."

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Lamentations 1:1-7

1 How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations!

She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.

2 Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her.

All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies

3 After affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile. She dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place.

All who pursue her have overtaken her in the midst of her distress.

7 In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old.

When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.

Idolatry
Social Injustice
Religious ritualism

Isaiah 61:1-7

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

Psalm 126 (NLT)

1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!

2 We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!

4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert.

5 Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.