Returned in the first verse means God made restitution, He paid the Israelites back in full. God was their Restorer. Another translation states that, “God RESTORED the fortunes of Zion.” (emphasis mine and you know how I feel about the word restore!)
They felt like they were in a dream. They thought the goodness God blessed them with was too good to be true. They laughed and sang and were happy. God lavished His grace on them. They were in the middle of singing about remembering God’s goodness while asking God to do it again.
They were in between the rains.
Do you feel like your life has been drought-stricken? Think about a time when God blessed you, and like the Israelites, you thought it was a dream. BUT, it wasn’t! Do you trust God to do it again?
When you’re in between the rains you can wait expectantly on God’s blessings with praises on your lips, trusting that God will turn a heavy heart into laughing and cause you to have, not just an armload, but armloads of blessing!