Sowing in tears…

Psalm 126

When The Lord brought back the captives to Zion,

We were like men who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

Our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

‘The Lord has done great things for them’.

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.

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.

I love this Psalm.

Especially this week.

Especially today.

Because it’s been a week of tragedy in the physical. 

Real tragedy.

For some of my close friends.

Situations that seem to be hopeless.

Really hopeless.

Situations that mean there is weeping, and sowing in tears, and calling and clinging to God.

Rivers of tears.

Abundant brokenness.

But,

BUT…

He is still faithful.

Jesus is always and forever faithful.

Always.

Forever.

And this Psalm has His promise.

There’s a great Kristene Dimarco song that’s based on this passage of Scripture, and it helps me to understand the context of these promises.

And it’s a great song. 🙂

When the Lord brought back captive ones of Zion,

We were like those who dream.

And the mouths were filled with laughter,

And the tongues with joyful shouting.

We will say among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things.’

More than the watchmen wait for the morning,

Our souls wait, our souls wait upon the Lord.

For with Him is love and kindness and abundant redemption.

We will say among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things.’

We will say among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things.’

Those who sow in tears will reap in joyful shouting.

Those who sow in tears will reap in joyful shouting.

Because when Israel were taken into captivity, away from their land, there wasn’t any cause for celebration.

Their own idolatry and immorality and injustice had seen God turn His face away as they broke the everlasting covenant.

And tragedy is sometimes our fault, sometimes the fault of others, and sometimes no ones fault at all… Although we all want to shout out in anger.

But in this case Israel had broken the covenant.

And God had broken-His-heart-watched them go into exile.

But He had never left them.

Because with our God is abundant redemption.

Abundant redemption.

And He knew there would be a day, where in repentance a remnant would be saved and brought back to Zion.

As a picture.

A picture that now, through the blood of Jesus, we who were outcast from God by our sin and wrongdoing can be welcomed in with joyful shouting.

We who sow in tears, will reap in joy.

And in tragedy.

Real tragedy.

Real situations that shock us and shake us and cause us pain and anguish.

Even in these, He is the great Redeemer.

And we who sow in tears will reap in joy.

We will.

He said it.

I believe it.

I was touched today by the kindness of friends who went the extra mile to keep my hands raised as I tried to support others. Because these situations were not my tragedies. They belonged to my friends. And I just entered in to try and do what I could to share the burden.

And my friends, seeing me bearing that burden, travelled for hours to ask if I was ok, cooked food for those I had no time to cook for and lifted up my hands.

And that made me cry.

In thankfulness.

Because there’s such beautiful love in that.

And joy really does come with the morning.

Because I’ve walked through deep tragedy of my own…

And I’ve seen the sunrise.

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