Bringing the Captives Back to Zion, by Ana Shippey

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion (Jerusalem),
We were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad! (Psalm 126: 1-3, AMP)

As we progress in our walk with the Lord, the Holy Spirit reveals to us areas of our hearts that feel dry and barren. Instead of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22), we see sadness, hopelessness, bitterness, anger, and fear. Those areas are still slaves to the flesh, chocked by the worries of this life, or oppressed under the deceitfulness of the devil. But God’s desire for us is to “bring back the captives to Zion”! That is, He wants to liberate those areas of our hearts under captivity and place them under the authority and government of His Son (“for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,” Isaiah 24:23). Only when Jesus reigns over our hearts can we be like those who dream, can our mouths be filled laugher and our tongue with joyful shouting. True delight comes when we partner with the Lord to “bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1: 9), including by restoration of the broken, dark, dry, and barren areas of our hearts. When the Lord has His way and Jesus reigns over our liberated hearts, the world notices. The change is so dramatic, our light shines so bright, that what the Lord has done in us and for us cannot be denied. “Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” So let us surrender those areas to the Lord. Let the Lord do great things for us and let us be filled with joy!