Reading: Psalm 126
Verse Five: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy”.
Psalm 126 is an interesting mix of past,present, and future. It recalls the joy of returning home to Zion, yet it seeks for God to restore their fortunes. It speaks of the great things that God has done for them and it speaks of sowing seed in tears. This there and here and not yet is much like Advent. We celebrate the joy of the birth, yet we seek to see the Messiah return. We sing of the star, the angels, and the other wonders of God and we have moments of sadness and loneliness as we think of loved ones who have passed.
In the Psalm there is longing and there is thanksgiving. There is the waiting and there is the expectation of God’s presence. There is weeping and there is joy. In this way, the Psalm is much like life and our faith. Both are about holding onto the blessings of God because they strengthen us as we walk through the trials. Both are about how “those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy” because we experience joy even in the sorrows of life, as God is with us in our times of need. Like the psalmist, we acknowledge that God is near even as we cry out for God to be closer.
And just as the psalmist does, we too have a call to proclaim what the Lord has done for us. The psalmist declares, “The Lord has done great hings for them”. Let is also proclaim the good news about what Jesus Christ has done in our lives. May we help others to know good news in their lives so that they can “reap with songs of joy”, joining us in rejoicing in what great things God has done and trusting into the great things God will do.