“Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy,
Bringing his sheaves with him.” -Ps. 126.5-6
This psalm begins with the testimony of Yahweh’s salvific activity in the earth: “When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion…”
Isn’t it remarkable that there would be no verse 4 without 1-3? I’m not merely exalting numbers. I’m saying that there would be no prayer for the Lord to turn their fate for lasting salvation, if they had not first experienced a measure of His salvation before, and come to know that He is the one who restores. “We love Him, because He first loved us.”
When we experience grace in the inner-man our hearts are transformed, and we realize that we have too long neglected the most awesome Person, and His most magnificent Kingdom. We encounter the Lord and our lives shift radically. We have been brought back from captivity. Not too long thereafter, a cry begins to rise in our hearts for our fate to be turned permanently- for the revelation of the sons of God, the resurrection of the righteous (Rom. 8).
We are like the blind man that Jesus laid His hands on, who was enabled to see for the first time, but his seeing was not entirely clear. We see for the first time, and we are shocked with the joy that results, but it is not long that we are able to distinguish the fact that we are only seeing in part, and a longing for full and clear sight begins to emerge. Jesus laid His hands upon the man again, and his sight was restored entirely. So shall He work in the Church as she comes to maturity in these last days, and at the resurrection, once and for all we will break into an unveiled communion with Him, made possible by the new bodies He will provide us with. This is almost too stunning for words, and we shall be, more than ever before, “like those who dream.”
Verses 5 & 6 constitute a promise for that company of souls who are crying out for the fullness of God in the earth.
“Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.”
Go into the day then, saints. Face it while the light of God’s past works warms and empowers your back. March into it boldly, knowing that His promises will be like the dew to whet your soul until finally you reach the eternal oasis He has laid up for the saints. He will come to you today, cleanse your heart, lift your head, and fill you with the power of an indestructible life.
Israel and the nations will never be the same when the Church comes into the reality which the 126th Psalm sets forth. Amen.