Field of Souls
October 28, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Wayne Watson wrote a song that says, "We work the field of souls, together you and I, some fields are blooming now, other fields are dry. We are not the same, but, differences aside, we will work the field of souls, together you and I.
One shouts the gospel in the streets, for everyone to hear. And he is bold to everyone he meets and the word is loud and clear. And another cries alone and prays, in silence on her knees, before the throne day after day, where human eyes don't see."
Many believe that this Psalm was penned with reference to some great deliverance of the people of God out of bondage and distress, most likely their return out of Babylon in Ezra's time.
Warren Wiersbe said this passage magnifies the concept of sowing and reaping which is found throughout the Bible. It is a fundamental truth of life that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. 6:7). It is also a basic principle that we reap in proportion as we sow. (2 Cor 9:6-8). As believers, we need to be sowing the seed of His Word into the lives of others; unbelievers and believers.
I am encouraged in my challenge to you today from the Word. In James B. Twitchell's new book, Shopping for God, he said, "Any number of scholars have noted that, in recent years, it has been the churches that demand the most of people, tithing, bowing to firm doctrine, observing strict rules of conduct, that have grown the fastest. There seems to be something in our nature that requires from religion not just feel-good spirituality but strong moral direction. We are willing to make sacrifices to live by the dictates of a religiously grounded truth."
I. PRAISE WITHIN US. 1-3
A. DELIVERANCE WAS NOT ANTICIPATED. 1
Note Ps. 137:1-5; "dream" – simply seemed too good to be true. Amazed at God's sudden intervention on their behalf.
"When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion..."
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