Read: Psalm 126
Consider: What brings you to tears? Maybe it is a ‘tear jerker’ film on the tv or in the cinema. Perhaps a particular novel, poem or song? Whatever it is that moves you, you know how it can emotionally affect you.
While Psalm 126 was written to remind the people of Israel of God’s goodness even through bad times, I can’t help connecting what the psalmist says in verses 5-6 with the theme of sowing seed that we started to look at in the last post. If we look at the psalm in this way it gives a very distinctive meaning to sowing in tears.
I looked at some statistics recently that stated that over 55 million people die worldwide each year. What does that statistic do to you? If 55 million people die each year that means a fairly large proportion of them enter eternity without Christ and must face the final judgement of punishment and alienation from God. Is that something that moves you to tears, or are you indifferent to the plight of the lost?
Notice that the psalmist contrasts ‘going out’ and ‘return’, and ‘tears/weeping’ and ‘joy’. Notice too that the tears/weeping act as a motivator to the sower. While we can feel a deep sadness for lost souls, this should cause us to go out to sow the seed (good news of the gospel). Isn’t it incredible that the result is ‘joy’, with us being able to reap a harvest (sheaves). Think back to the last post where the parable of the sower was mentioned. The seed was the word of God and the harvest resulted from the seed falling on good ground.
No one says that sowing the seed of the gospel is easy work. In most cases it will require physical and spiritual stamina, together with it being emotionally draining. As such, remember those in your church fellowship who are involved in full-time ministry and uphold them in prayer, asking God to strengthen them for the work.
Pray: Father, give each of us a real burden for the lost. May we not forget that over 55 million people die each year, many of whom do not know the forgiveness of Christ. Give us the courage to sow the seed of the gospel at every opportunity. Amen