PSA. 126:1 ¶ When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
The funny thing about captivity, we don’t know anything else because we were born into captivity. Just like the second generation of Jews born in Babylon, they didn’t know any different. It was the only life they knew. That’s how it is for us today. We were born as slaves of sin. Freedom was never on our radar. We had become accustomed to prison life, that’s all we knew. That’s how it was until we got that first whiff of freedom. How did it come, it came through the person of the Holy Spirit. He comes down and gives us a taste of another kind of life, the life of freedom from slavery to sin.
What kind of prison have you been locked up in. You may not realize you are even enslaved until you get that first whiff of another life. You may thing drinking and immorality and sensual pleasure is freedom. Only the Holy Spirit can remove the blinders from your eyes to show you there is another way. There is an unthinkable, unspeakable joy that has nothing to do with the pleasures of sin. There is a better way, a better joy that comes from Jesus Christ Himself. Here is how Spurgeon describes this freedom.
“It was not the freedom of an individual which the Lord in mercy had wrought, but of all Zion, of the whole nation; and this was reason enough for overflowing gladness. We need not instance the histories which illustrate this verse in connection with literal Israel; but it is well to remember how often it has been true to ourselves. Let us look to the prison houses from which we have been set free. Ah, me, what captives we have been! At our first conversion what a turning again of captivity we experienced. Never shall that hour be forgotten. Joy! Joy! Joy! Since then, from multiplied troubles, from depression of spirit, from miserable backsliding, from grievous doubt, we have been emancipated, and we are not able to describe the bliss which followed each emancipation.”
So you don’t have to be depressed, despondent, addicted, or angry; there is freedom entrenched in joy available for you. Today’s verse describes it, a life of misery overtaken by joy in a moment of time. The prison doors are open and the sounds of joy unspeakable are calling out to you.