PSALM 126:5-6: “Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: I knew the Lord was trying to speak to me as I read these verses. They are familiar verses to me. I grew up singing them as a child in the familiar hymn. I have read them in Psalm 126 too many times to count. Yet, as I read them this time, all I could do was pause, pray, and wonder. The Lord was trying to speak to my heart, but I didn’t know what He was trying to say.
I thought about the times of sorrow in my life. I have experienced the Lord’s sustaining and restoring joy during these times. Yet, that was not what the Lord was speaking to my heart. I felt like an old fashioned radio with a rotary dial. As I kept reading over these verses, and as I continued to pray, it was like I was turning the tuning dial, fighting the static in my mind and heart, and looking for the clear signal that would give me the understanding I needed.
My devotional time was coming to an end, and I still did not have it. I thought about just moving on, but felt directed to continue to pursue these verses in prayer. I pondered upon them as I drove to church, as I prepared for Sunday morning, and as I entered the prayer room. And still, all I could hear was static. Then, I began to hear what became clearer and clearer. As I sat there in prayer, I felt the Holy Spirit began to whisper to my heart, and I began to ask myself these questions.
- Do I weep over the things that God weeps over?
- Am I burdened over the things that weigh heavily upon the heart of the Father?
- Are my concerns in life simply temporal, for my daily bread – or are they heavenward, focused upon things that lie above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father?
- Am I willing to give all to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?
The seed that I have been given to sow is not seed for my own success or comfort, it is the seed of the Kingdom, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My heart truly needs to be broken for the lost. I need to sow the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I must water it with tears of intercession over the harvest. These verses are not simply about my personal joy. More importantly, they are about the joy of heaven when one sinner repents. They are about the Eternal Harvest of those who come to faith in Jesus Christ through the Gospel!
As Jesus looked upon Jerusalem, He wept. As Jesus looked upon the tomb of Lazarus, He wept. As Jesus looks upon the brokenness of this present world – He weeps – and so must I! I have been given a stewardship to share the Good News with everyone that I possibly can. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and He has given us all the seed that establishes His victorious rule and reign in the hearts of men and women. He has given us the seed of the Gospel, the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord!
Lord, move my heart to weep over the things that you weep over! Move my heart to enter the harvest field that You have placed me in, bearing Your precious seed! Grant me the grace to focus on the things that are above, rather than my own personal comforts here on earth. Help me to labor, according to the grace that has been given to me, so that one day I may hear You say,
- “…Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:23 NKJV
May I sow in tears, but reap in joy!
In Jesus Name!