When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad.
Restore our captivity, O Lord,
As the streams in the South.
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.
It took me a while to write the Redux of last week’s sermon mostly because it ahs been a hard week and this sermon was pretty close to home with the death of one of our dear members at church. This last song of thanksgiving is about Israel returning from captivity and it being like a dream to them. Probably the hardest part of this Psalm for us this week was the fifth verse of this psalm where it state those who sow in tears will reap in joyful shouting.
There were a lot of tears this week but the promise of joy still reigns true. There is a great deal of sorry now in this world but God’s promises of redemption and ultimate redemption reign true. We sow our seeds with tears but there will be a day where we bring our sheaves into heaven with joy.
Death is hard and especially for those of us left behind but as God promised Israel redemption and delivered and they sang a song of thanksgiving, there will come a day where we will reap our reward and bear our own harvest into his marvelous light. Thanks be to God!