Sowing and Reaping-Psalm 126

Psalm 126 “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. 2 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.”  3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”

Salmo 126 «Quando il Signore fece tornare i reduci di Sion, ci sembrava di sognare. 2 Allora spuntarono sorrisi sulle nostre labbra e canti di gioia sulle nostre lingue. Allora si diceva tra le nazioni: «Il Signore ha fatto cose grandi per loro». 3 Il Signore ha fatto cose grandi per noi e noi siamo nella gioia. 4 Signore, fa’ tornare i nostri deportati, come torrenti nel deserto del Neghev. 5 Quelli che seminano con lacrime, mieteranno con canti di gioia. 6 Se ne va piangendo colui che porta il seme da spargere, ma tornerà con canti di gioia quando porterà i suoi covoni.»

     The writer of this Psalm reflects on the sentiment of returning back to Jerusalem but notes that full restoration had yet to come. There is always a lot of excitement in the announcement of a new adventure. Notice their emotional state of dreaming about what would be, the laughter and songs that will fill their lives as well as the declaration that everyone would know that the Lord has done great things for them. 

     But like any adventure, their excitement would soon be replaced by a reality check of what was ahead. The Psalmist acknowledges the financial resources needed to resettle the land; he doesn’t pray for deliverance but rather for steadfastness. The real work lies ahead and the same God that delivered them would also sustain them as they reconquered their land. Crops take time and a great deal of patience to see the profits from a harvest. Businesses needed to be rebuilt and spiritual life needed to be rediscovered.   

     There is great encouragement in the contrasting closing thoughts: sowing in tears would reap songs of joy because those who sow would have the promise of a harvest. The land had been neglected for so long and it would be difficult and frustrating work; but through persistence, the harvest would come. The principle of sowing and reaping continues as a theme throughout the Scriptures. Jesus spoke of the difficulty of sowing in a rough terrain but through persistence, a harvest would find a solid place to grow. 

     We can all remember when we came to Christ and the excitement of knowing the forgiveness of sins and the freedom to walk with God. As time passes, we must continue to remember what God has done and also call upon Him for strength and power to repossess and maintain our spiritual heritage.

Pray with me: Lord, I will never forget the day You saved me. Help me to be persistent in my spiritual life knowing that someday I will reap what has been sown.



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