Sow The Seed

Friends,
While praying for some people the other day who I know are going through times of sorrow, perplexity, and loneliness, especially as a result of the sins, rebellions, and apostasies of loved ones, I was impressed with the comfort of Psalm 126. Verses 4-6 say, “Restore our fortunes / Bring back our captives [captives often mean those who are spiritually blind], O LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”

Seed, in Scripture, often means the Word of God. When we sow that –in whatever ways the Lord prepares each of us to do, and whether it be for an individual, a group, or to sow within our own hearts– it will produce a crop. And we will return joyfully, carrying the harvest (and fruit) with us.

Here’s verses 1-3 of Ps. 126 (which has only six verses in all.) “When the LORD brought back the captives / restored the fortunes to Zion, we were like men who dreamed / men restored to health. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ [Yes,] The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

How do we sow The Seed? We eat it –like it is the food of utmost importance to our survival. Because it is –for the survival of our eternal souls… and others’ souls we influence. As Jesus says in Matt. 4:4 (quoting Deut. 8:3), “It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'”

Thus we are to live it, we are to speak it, we are to proclaim it, read it, mediate on it, memorize it, think on it, and hide it in our hearts… As God commands in Deut. 6:6-8, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.”

We who are now under the New Covenant are still to do similar. We are to talk of His Word constantly with each other. Our every moment is to be lived with His Word at the forefront of our minds and affections. We do well to encourage ourselves by yes, literally putting Scripture around the house, tacked to the door, hung around our car’s rearview mirror… We are to diligently teach our children by reading to them the Word and helping them memorize it –so that they can have that Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17) that is the main weapon against the evil spiritual realm.

To do what this Deuteronomy passage commands, does take knowing God’s Word. We can’t talk of it as we walk along the road if we haven’t been studying it. So in order to obey one command of the Lord, other commands must be obeyed also. So let’s sow The Seed into our own hearts first that we might sow it elsewhere.

Yes, sow The Seed. For God’s Word promises that it indeed produces good things. Like joy, laughter, and happy song. AND… we are promised that it will release the captives… those loved ones we have continued to pray for.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 11, 2009.

 
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