When God’s people returned from captivity, the experience was so overwhelming that the Psalmist describes it as feeling like a dream. They rejoiced, laughed and sang, and all the nations recognised the greatness of God. They were filled with joy.
However, the first flush of happiness was threatened by the reality of how difficult it would be to re-establish themselves in the land God had given to them.
Land that has not been farmed for a long time is difficult to work with. The Israelites “sowed with tears” both literally and metaphorically. The land would have been hard and full of weeds. Farmers would have had months of back-breaking work ahead of them.
Yet for those who were prepared to put the work in, a wonderful harvest awaited. Although they may have sown in tears, they would go on to reap a rich harvest, and return with songs of joy.
Take courage if the work the Lord has called you to seems hard and unfruitful. When we first begin a new work, we are often thrilled with the opportunity, but when reality hits and the work becomes hard, we can become discouraged. Perhaps you began praying for an unsaved friend or family member years ago, full of hope, but have found the going getting tough as time has gone on.
If this is you today, then take heart. This Psalm shows us that if we are willing workers in the Kingdom of God, we can expect a wonderful harvest.
Meditation verse: Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.