Saturday, June 8, 2013


Psalm 126 is a psalm of celebration.  The people of Israel are described as being so overjoyed, that their freedom seemed like a dream to them (v. 1).  They laughed and sang so much that even their heathen neighbors had to acknowledge their release as the work of the Lord (v. 2).  Israel praised God and was filled with joy (v. 3).  They prayed, "Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south" (v. 4).  I am not sure what they actually meant by verse four, but to me, it means they wanted the Lord to lead them in the way that would not only provided them with the most precious of substances (water), but in His path, like the channel cut through rock by the flow of a stream.  The verse reminds me of Psalm 23:1-3!

Today, I noticed something I had never seen before.  The last two verses of Psalm 126 are prophetic in that they describe the First and Second Advents of the Lord!  The two verses say, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him" (v. 5-6).

During Christ's First Advent, He is described as One who wept over His people.  Luke 19:41 says, "And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it."  And in the shortest verse in the Bible, John wrote, "Jesus wept" (Jn. 11:35)!  In addition, Jesus, in His "Parable of the Sower" (Mt. 13:3-8), described a very important aspect of His mission as being that of a Sower (v. 37), and the seed as the Word of God (v. 18-23).

Then notice what Psalm 126:6 says.  "He . . . shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing His sheaves with Him!"  Can it get any clearer than that?  Jesus will return for His Second Coming, and the "fruit of the seed" He sowed during His First Advent, will be coming with Him!  That's us!  Paul wrote, "To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints" (1 Thes. 3:13).

It took me forty-two years to see this "hidden treasure."
I cannot wait to see what He will show me tomorrow! 

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