Scripture: Psalm 126:5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Relevant Definition: Song: poetry composition or melodies of praise.
Devotion: Everyone has a story. Some tragedies are worse than others but we each, somehow, are born with the ability to weather our storm. As a child I heard the silent message that crying was not necessary. For me, that was a bit of a challenge seeing that I was super sensitive and cried at the drop of a hat. For years, I wrestled until the tears no longer flowed but hardship, somehow, forced the floodgates to reopen. In my life I have shed more tears than I knew were humanly possible.
In this season, the tears have dried and sorrow is no more, but what has become of the seeds sown? It is a simple principle. You reap what you sow. (Galatians 6:7) If you plant a carrot seed you get a carrot. So when we sow tears of sorrow what do we reap? Psalm 126 is the perfect chapter to explain this scenario. Both verse 5 and 6 tell us we reap, “songs of joy” Now what exactly does that mean?
Will we write literal songs about joy? Perhaps some will, but I believe there is more to be said here. I believe that our lives will be a poetic rendition of songs of praise. Each day, each movement will release a harmony, a fragrance of full satisfaction that will be seen through laughter and gaiety. Our lives will sing of joy.
Reflection: Take a moment and think about the tears you’ve sown and whether you have reaped a harvest of joy. Know that if the answer is no, then joy is sure to come! This Is God’s promise to us and we must separate ourselves from seasons of hardship and stand in eager anticipation for the delivery of joy. Look to the hills for your harvest of joy is on the horizon…
Prayer: Lord, we ask that you remove any residue of sorrow from our lives. May hope and faith be stronger and overpower the loss of the past. May we know the past is just that, the past. Surely in this season, joy is our portion!
Written by Petrina Milan