Be sure that you take the words of Psalm 126:5 in their context and setting. The psalmist writes, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Scripture here does not teach us that there will be no crop failures for those who weep, for one reason or another, while they sow their seed.
The psalmist had been speaking about the sin into which we fall so easily because of our old man of sin, who is with us until the day of our death. And he who in sorrow for his sins, with a soul that is weeping in sincere grief because he loves God, prays for conversion and deliverance from the bondage of sin shall reap in joy. He will reap conversion and complete deliverance from sin in the day of Christ.
In that sense we may sing this versification:
Although with bitter tears The sower bears his seed,
When harvest time appears He shall be glad indeed,
For they that in sorrow weep
Shall yet in joy and gladness reap.
Here you and I have God Himself — for this is His Word — assuring us that every sincere prayer for spiritual growth and full triumph over our sinful flesh will be ful-filled. And, to return to the first part of the Psalm, great things will be done for us, and He will make us glad.
We can be sure that in the new Jerusalem our mouths shall be filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. We will be like those that dreamed of heavenly blessedness and found that their dreams became true. For they were God-given dreams proclaimed in the gospel as it is in Christ.
The gospel is good news. The angel who told the shep-herds of the birth of Jesus said, “I bring you glad tidings of great joy.” And because all the blessings of salvation, and all the glory of the kingdom of heaven is realized by Christ, the King of the church, the harvest will be full. Every elect shall reach it. Every elect child of God shall given the full measure of glory designed for him. We shall reap the harvest which Christ has sown and comes to reap. Our salvation is sure because our Savior is the almighty God Who loves us and keeps all His promises.
Read: Jeremiah 31:1-17
Psalter versification: 358:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.