"May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves." Psalms 126:5-6
If you attend a United Methodist Church, you have likely heard Psalm 126 (#847) during Advent. This Psalm is one of the traveling songs, songs of ascent, sung by the pilgrims heading toward Jerusalem. These psalms tell of God's patience, care, and deliverance. So, as we await Christ's return, we, too, walk on a journey toward the new Jerusalem, singing songs of joy for Christ is with us now.
The response we sing to the Psalm is, "For the night weeping may tarry; with the morning light comes joy." Our weeping is temporary, and though it may be challenging to find joy, the verse says we "will reap." Note the future tense, not then, but the pleasure will come later. The tears are the beginning, the seeds. In verse 6, we hear the promise we will carry sheaves. A good thing, a plentiful harvest, comes from those tears. Though we may cry now, songs of joy are coming, and with them, the bounty of blessings sown by our tears.
Though our joy in Jesus Christ cannot be taken from us, it does not mean we are without trouble. Satan constantly works to steal our joy. Yet, in these times of tears, we remain confident in the hope and joy of Christ.
Heavenly Father, by your grace, we have received deliverance from sin and death, and we rejoice in the knowledge of Christ. The Holy Spirit reminds us you are constantly with us, and although we experience tears, the promise of your joy remains. Accept, Lord, our humble thanks and praise for who you are and what you do for us. Amen.