For many years Psalm 126 has seemed to me to be a strange
combination of statements. Recently, however, the Lord has
spoken to me from this Psalm. It relates to the period of
time in which the Israelites had been exiled in Babylon for
seventy years. God had finally delivered them from captivity
and caused them to be returned to Jerusalem. This was such
a great deliverance for an oppressed and broken people that
they could hardly believe it. It seemed that they must be
dreaming. They laughed, sang, and danced until even the heathen
said, “The Lord hath done great things for them.”
The people echoed this testimony in their praise unto God.
They called upon God to refresh them in the same way that
the flooding of the Nile River watered, irrigated and refreshed
all the surrounding land, causing everything to thrive for
Then a soberness comes into this portion of the Psalm; “They
that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and
weepeth, bearing precious seed . . .” It seems so strange
to be sowing and weeping at the same time. Oh! Such a contrast.
They were now in the spring of the year; the cold of winter
was gone. They were in the warmth, light and newness of life
which accompanies spring. Why then were they crying? It was
because of the difficult choice that lay before them. They
had to decide whether to eat or to plant the precious little
seed they had. This is similar to the decision which faced
the widow in I Kings 17:8-16. She was preparing to eat her
one last morsel of bread with her son and die. Elijah instructed
her to plant the bread (give it to him) and live.
The Word of God is quite plain. There is a time and a season
for everything (Ecc. 3:1). It is too late to plant seed at
harvest time. The need must be anticipated in the spring time
and seed must be sown in anticipation of a harvest. Yet many
feel they can continue to meet needs with their “seed
grain,” and fail to sow. But this is not God’s
divine principal for bringing us into His abundance. The tighter
our belts are, the more our backs are pressed against the
wall, the more impressive it is that we begin to plant; to
invest in the Kingdom of God, knowing that the Lord of Glory,
Faithful and True, will give us a harvest in both realms,
Natural and Spiritual, Visible and Invisible.
In the natural, we must sow the right seed in the right field,
at the right time for the best harvest. Also in God’s
Kingdom we must seek Him to know where we are to plant and
sow. We cannot indiscriminately give according to our own
thinking. God blesses those things that are ordained by Him.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” At
harvest time, they were so glad they had made the sacrifice.
When you face the decision between sowing and living, or eating
and dying – by all means, PLANT AND LIVE. The harvest