Focus: Finding and sowing your seed
Psalm 126:5-6 (NKJV) Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Anyone who has been set free from depression or addiction can certainly relate to Psalm 126. It’s a passage created from a song the Israelites sang to celebrate the Lord delivering them from captivity at one point in history.
According to Dr. David L. Cooper, of the Biblical Research Society, the Psalm recounts the joy Israel experienced following seventy years of captivity by Babylon. When the Israelites were finally free and the Lord brought the prisoners back to Jerusalem, they were so ecstatic, they felt like they were living in a wonderful dream. They were all filled with laughter and they sang happy songs about their freedom.
Israel agreed with other nations who declared the Lord had done great things for them. During this time, they were extremely glad. The only sad part of the story is that some of the people who had been taken captive grew comfortable with their captivity. When they were given the opportunity to return to their homeland, they decided not to go. It grieved the ones who returned to their native soil, that they were not all together—but separated.
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When a person becomes truly free from depression and dependency, they grieve for the ones who are still in bondage—just like the nation of Israel grieved for those who had stayed behind in foreign territory, rather than return with their own people to the land God had promised to them.
The second part of Psalm 126 is a prayer, asking the Lord to return the others to their homeland, in the same way that He would one day fulfill the prophecy of streams being created in the southern desert lands of Israel. They compared the way they would feel about the rest of their nation being reunited, to the joy experienced at harvest.
In my lifetime, we have seen the irrigation of the deserts in Israel. On what was once wasteland, bountiful crops are now produced year round. I witnessed this myself, when I was in Israel in 1982.
Verse five, of Psalm 126 (KJV) says, “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Wikipedia states that the meaning of this phrase can be related to the fact that in many areas of the world people go out to plant their fields with the last of their seed. Often, the seed they sow is all that stands between them and starvation. The people literally cry as they place the only food they have left in the ground—believing they will receive a harvest.
This type of sowing and reaping is an example of how God blesses sacrificial giving—to the point of our last portion. Throughout scripture, God always says that those who sow, will reap.
The sixth and final verse says those who weep as they take the last of their seed out to the field for planting will return singing songs of joy and carrying bundles of grain.
This is a beautiful example of the reward of faith, but another truth that can be drawn from this verse is the present day return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. The prayers of their forefathers are being fulfilled, as the nation has been rebuilt, as prophesied in the Bible.
Going back to the research of Dr. David Cooper, “To Abraham, God threw out the warning that He would curse the one who curses him and his seed. An examination of history proves that all the nations that have had anti-Semitism in their hearts, and have launched persecutions against the Jews have gone down, sooner or later, into oblivion. No one can entertain anti-Semitic feelings and enjoy the fullness of the blessings of God. Let us pray to Him that if there be any feelings of animosity against the Jews, He remove it from our hearts, and that He may plant in its stead a love for His ancient people, who are still “beloved for the Father’s sake” (Romans 11:28).
The same kind of reaping and harvesting can take place in the life of anyone who has overcome an adversity like depression or addiction…or someone who has turned from a life of sin to restoration in Christ.
The last step in the twelve steps to recovery, is to help others who suffer from the same problems you have recovered from. Walking in victory is like finding seed, as you now have your own precious story to share with others who need encouragement. By helping them, you can reap a harvest and save souls from destruction. Proverbs 11:30 says “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Declaration: I will find new strength by realizing my story has value. I will use it to encourage and help others.
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