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Summary: There are times when it seems that everything around us is against us ---- but we can always look upward to God in hope and trust and know that if we hang on in faith --- God will bring a great reward and He will turn our tears into rejoicing.

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Subject: Sowing in Tears --- Reaping With Joy

Scripture Text: Psalm 126:

Introduction:

Let’s take special note to these last two verses of this psalm. ’They that sew in tears, shall reap in joy, He that goeth forth weepth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again, rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."

When this psalm was written the Israelites were totally surrounded by their enemy. They were "shut up" ---- there was no way out whatsoever. There was no way for any kind of life sustaining supplies to be brought in. There was also a famine in the land and people were dying every day from starvation. There was no hope for tomorrow being any better, only worse.

All looked hopeless and filled with despair. In any direction they turned all they could see was opposition. The enemy had not yet attacked them, yet his presence was continually camped about them, causing the Israelites to daily be reminded of their evil plans.

Have any of you ever been there? Your enemy has not attacked you yet with full force but wherever you turn you are reminded of his presence and of his plans against you.

These people were in a perdicament.

Remember the enemy is all about them

They could not go out and get food supplies and

bring them back into the campsite. No one was

allowed entrance within to bring any supplies.

They surely could not ask the enemy for any help;

he wanted them to suffer and die. "The thief

cometh not but to steal, kill, and destroy."

However, note what Jesus said He came to do. "I

am come that you may have life, and that more

abundantly.

The enemy has one plan but thank the Lord, God

has a totally opposite plan for us.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful IF LIFE was always easy and we would never have to be called upon to make a decision; RIGHT DECISIONS are always made for us. Living a MISTAKE FREE LIFE? However, some times we have to pray and seek God for His divine will and guidance in our lives. "God, here I am again. I do not know what to do, please guide me and show me YOUR WAYS."

However these people do have one thing. They have a hand full of seeds. Before they are able to plant them they must first answer some inportant questions.

What good is a little bit of seed?

Should we cook the seed and then sit by and wait to die?

Or, should we plant the seeds and then pray and trust in God that

1:) God will deliver us from this draught and give us some RAIN.

2:) God will keep the enemy from attacking us and defeating us

3:) Let us live to see what we have sown to come into harvest so we can share in it.

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It may seem sometimes that we ask a whole lot from God, But how many here this morning KNOW -- I mean you REALLY KNOW --- that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ever think or ask of Him?

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The psalmist describes the seed in their hands as "PRECIOUS" seed. Say that along with me, please,"PRECIOUS SEED." This was all the seed they had, Every seed they would plant would represent their lives and their hopes for the future. It represented the meals for their little children --- It represented LIFE or DEATH. I imagine every act of precaution was made by them as they planted. If this seed failed to come forth and bring about a good harvest they would not have to worry about the enemy that was surrounding them, they would die of starvation.


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Alexus Akwukwaegbu

commented on Aug 31, 2013

I love this message.Thanks sir and God bless you.

Sara Brown

commented on Nov 28, 2014

I loved hearing this message. I've got the word precious circled in verse 6 in my Bible.

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