Psalms 126:5, “Those Who Sow In Tears Will Reap With Songs of Joy.” NIV
Psalm 126 describes an interesting process that goes against our natural tendencies. Whenever we encounter a crisis that brings tears, our tendency is to retreat in isolation and depression. However, God tells us a better way to handle such times of travail: “Those Who Sow In Tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:5-6 NIV).
If you dare to do what’s unnatural in uncomfortable circumstances, God will make sure that your sowing in tears will return to you in joy!
This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned when facing difficulties.Rather than sit back and allow self-pity and discouragement to consume me, I’ve learned to Plant Seed during this time instead. I’ve learned to reach out to someone who needs a friend. Why? Because, “A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17 NIV. And there’s some folks that need “Friends [that] love through all kinds of weather…” MSG.
Friends that aren’t there just when the check comes in, or the new car is ready to be picked up, or those who’ll show up at the graduation and birthday parties. But some folks need “friends” that will be there when the promotion is denied, the car loan is turned down, the ministry is failing, the marriage is falling apart and faith is wavering. “Friends” whose situations aren’t much better than yours, but they love you enough to share their tears with you and sow seeds of encouragement, even while in their own barren season.
Yes, everybody at one time or another needs “Friends [that] love through all kinds of weather…”
Believe me, I understand, it’s hard to sow while you’re in pain yourself, But Sow Anyhow. Why? Because here’s what happens when you do: “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, Will Return With Songs of Joy, Carrying Sheaves With Him.” I’m by no means a singer, but you can’t stop me from trying! “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” Psalm 98:1. Your sowing will give you a New Song, and that New Song comes with Joy! And the Bible says, “...neither be ye sorry; for the Joy of the LORD is Your Strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. So not only do you get a Song, but you get Strength! And God loves you so much, that He Still Promises More!
Listen: Sheaves are bundles of grain stalks laid lengthways and tied together after reaping. Sheaves represent the Fruit of a Harvest! Yes, Family, We Actually Reap a Harvest From the Seeds We've Sown In Tears! And not just any Harvest, but the Sheaves are Bundles (Representing Abundance), they’re Laid Lengthways (or Resting Long), they’re Tied Together (or Linked), and they’re the Result of what we Reap when we Sow in Tears. May I prophecy into your life today? When You Sow In Tears, You Will Reap a Harvest that’s Abundant, Long and Restful, and All Those Tied or Linked to You Will Share In It! Therefore, Don’t Be Ashamed to Sow and Share Your Tears! Amen?!