Sowing And Weeping Leads To Reaping
October 3, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Some teachers connect this psalm with the sudden deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrian siege during the reign of Hezekiah (Isa 36-37). But when we note the words "turned again" (brought back) in v.1 and "turn again" (brought back/restored) v.4, is also used to describe the return of the Jewish exiles after 70 years in Babylon.
Psalm 126 is a Psalm of Ascents, history put to music of the prophesied event by Isaiah 44-45. Once the exiles were back in their land, their joy began to subside, for life is not always easy when you are making a new beginning after a time of discipline. But life is so arrayed that we must often make new beginnings, as the Lord helps us by giving us special encouragements.
1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him."
A Spiritual Harvest Assured by Isaac Watts
When God revealed His gracious Name,
And changed my mournful state,
My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
The grace appeared so great.
The world beheld the glorious change,
And did Thy hand confess;
My tongue broke out in unknown strains,
And sang surprising grace:
Great is the work, my neighbours cried,
And owned the power divine;
Great is the work, my heart replied,
And be the glory Thine.
The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night,
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.
Let those that sow in sadness wait, ...
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