Psalm 126:5 Sowing With Tears

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

Crying is something that many look at as a weakness in a person. This is especially true for men, but for many women they see it the same way. Most people want to be seen as strong and tough, not soft and tender.

When people cry, it is usually over something that has made them sad. Usually it is something that has occurred in their life that was not good. Death is one of the most common reasons for a person to cry. They cry out in memory of the one that they lost. Crying has a way of releasing the hurt inside a person. It can bring about relief and peace in the end.

The strongest man who ever lived had cried multiple times many tears for other people. He wept tears over the death of Lazarus, over the city of Jerusalem, and at the point of going to the cross. This was Jesus. He was the strongest man, because He was able to endure all the persecution of men and the cross without cursing men or God.

Jesus had wept many tears over those who were suffering and lost in their sin.

Many believers do not weep over the lost, but condemn them with many accusations. They want to point out how a person is living in sin and is wrong, rather than show them the love of Jesus and the way to have true life.

Along with not crying over the lost, many do not even cry over their own personal sins. They do not see their sins as that big of a deal or see how much they are harming God with the sin in their life.

When you see those in the world, living in sin, your heart should break like Jesus’ heart did. You should be weeping and praying that God will find a way to touch those lives and bring them the salvation Jesus provides.

Along with weeping over the world, you should be weeping over the sin you have allowed in your life. Seek God’s forgiveness.

As you cry many tears over both these issues, God will show you His love and mercy. Lives will be touched and changed, both your life and the lives of others.

As this happens, you will reap songs of joy. In the end you will walk the streets of gold with God in heaven with many other people. It will be worth it all in the end. Sow tears today and reap joy tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know the heart of God; that you will not fear weeping before God and men; that your heart will be filled with God’s love for others and Him; and that lives will be changed through your crying out to God.

Psalm 98:4 Shout For Joy

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; Psalm 98:4

People everywhere shout for joy when something happens that is good and that they want. Watch a football game and see how much people will shout for joy when their team wins a score or wins the game. Add how much more people will be shouting when their team wins the Superbowl.

There are many other individual times when people may shout for joy. Times such as when they get a pay raise or promotion, a new baby is born, someone gets married, or some other great event in their lives.

With all of these events, they are all one time events that is usually soon forgotten. The lives of people move on and the burdens of the day get them down.

It is common for most people to question what they should shout for joy about. Most are searching for just a little joy in their lives and cannot seem to find any. The bills and cares of this world loom like a huge wall in front of them blocking them from joy, pulling them down into despair.

The psalmist said that the everyone is to shout for joy and burst into song. Going back to verse one shows the reason why. It is because God has done marvelous things and provided salvation.

Take a moment to think about all the things God has done in your life. These are all the good things He has done. Provided food, shelter, life, clothing, and that is just the very basics.

Have you seen a beautiful sunrise or sunset? God gave that.

Have you seen a beautiful day? God gave that.

Have you been blessed with a great friendship with someone? God gave that.

Have you seen the beautiful stars at night? God gave that.

Do you have a job? God gave that.

Do you have a family? God gave that.

And the greatest gift God has given you is the salvation that Jesus had provided by dying on the cross. He died to give you life.

If this little list of things God has done for you does not make you shout for joy, then you are dead. Your focus is on the wrong things. Turn your focus on what God has done and know the joy that He has for you. Shout for joy today for what God has done.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord; that you will not focus on the wrongs of this life; and that you will shout for joy to God for what He has and is doing in you.

Psalm 33:1 It Is Right To Sing

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1

Opening this psalm up, the psalmist immediately says that every believer should sing joyfully praise to God. Throughout the rest of the psalm, he gives reasons as to why God should be praised.

When people are going through tough times, it can be difficult to be joyful. It is often hard to find reasons to sing praise to God. Many feel as though they were abandoned by God. Others may feel unworthy to give praise to God, because of past sin.

It is common for people want to have a reason to be joyful and to sing praise to God. Reading the rest of this psalm, a person is given reasons to sing praise.

Verse four states that God’s word is true and God is faithful. Verse five says that the earth if full of His unfailing love. Verse six says that everything was made by God. Verse 10 states that God is in absolute control. Verse nineteen says that God is watching.

These are just a few of the reasons that a believer should praise God. At the time this was written, the author was under the Law, there was no redemption. Jesus had not yet died and rose from the dead to pay for all sin. If the psalmist, under the judging, condemning Law, can praise God, how much more should believers today praise Him?

It is the right thing to do, to praise God with a joyful heart. Your praise should not be based on circumstances in your life. It should be based on who God is and your position with Him. The circumstances in this life will change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. You cannot rely on the circumstances for joy.

God will never change. You can always trust Him. When you look at everything that God has done for you, and the things He did not do to you (that you deserve), it is only right for you to sing with extreme joy praises to God.

Don’t just go through the motions of singing praise on Sunday only, but throughout each day of the week. Give God the praise for all that He has done and is doing today. It is only the right thing to do. It is the only right thing to do.

I pray today that God will fill your heart with His peace and joy; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will have a song of praise on your lips; and that you will sing with joy praise to God all day long.

Psalm 30:11-12 Reasons To Sing Praise

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12

Seeing a person who is filled with extreme joy is a rare occurrence. Seeing someone who is filled with extreme joy, while going through a trial is even more rare.

When a person is seen who is filled with joy, many people often wonder why he is filled with joy? What gave her such happiness? What went right for that person?

Usually it is something that they had been desiring had occurred. Something had went right for that person to bring on that great joy.

Looking around, it is easy to find reasons to not have much, if any, joy. However, believers have something going for them that should give them great joy. The beginning of a believer’s joy is that God has forgiven his sin. God has removed the sackcloth of shame and sorrow and clothed him with joy and peace that Jesus can give him.

Looking around and seeing the trouble in this world can bring much wailing. The challenges and trials in life can weigh a person down. However, looking up to God and seeing how He is in control and will overcome the sin of this world, should bring about dancing.

God has also filled you with His Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is joy. When God comes and places His Holy Spirit in a believer, that person should be filled with joy.

Think of how many times God has answered a prayer for you. Allow those times to fill you with joy. Think of how many  times God has spared something worse from happening in your life. Give God praise for those times.

As you look at your life and see what God has done for you, start dancing and praising Him. Do not allow yourself to be silent in what God has done in and through you.

What can you praise God for today?

Are you silent?

Or are you loud before God?

I pray today that you will know the joy of God’s presence; that you will see that God has removed the old clothes; that your heart will be filled with extreme joy; and that you will sing songs of praise to God.

Psalm 28:7 Strength and Shield (part 2)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Challenges come up before people all the time. Many of those challenges require that the person be strong to get through it. The level and type of strength needed is often different for each challenge. Some require physical strength, while others may be moral, or emotional strength, or some other type of strength in their life.

As that challenge arises, often doubts creep in that question whether a person has the needed strength or not. Fear rises. Some run from the difficulty, while others go forward.

Then comes the need for a shield. People want to be shielded from extreme difficulty or bad events. Looking to self or the world, it is difficult to find a shield that a person can trust in.

When a person knows that he has the strength to do something, it brings about some excitement. That person is ready to face the world, or whatever the challenge is that is set before him. The knowledge of that strength becomes like a shield for the person to be able to keep moving forward.

As a believer, you know that you have all the strength that is needed with God on your side. He is the One who will shield you from any thing that will be bad for you. He only allows what is best for you to occur.

As you keep that in mind, your heart should be leaping for joy with a song of praise on your lips. Think of it as everything is taken care of already, and you have no worries. As in the song “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King, you have no worries. You can jump and sing for joy, because God is on your side and will strengthen you.

Put all of your trust in God’s strength, not your strength nor the world’s. It will bring a peace and joy that the world cannot understand. Even though there will be difficulties and trials, you know that you will win in the end with God. Trust Him and sing Him a song of praise today.

I pray today that you will know that God is on your side; that you will allow God to be your strength; that you will allow God to be your shield; and that your heart will be filled with joy as you trust God and sing praise to Him.

Job 8:20-21 God Will Bring Joy And Laughter

“Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:20-21

Job had been complaining that he felt like God was rejecting him. Another friend of his, Bildad, decided to start speaking. He first talks about being righteous and turning from sin. Bildad points out that God does not reject anyone who is living a righteous life. If someone is living the righteous life, God will fill his life with joy and laughter.

One of the easiest things for a person to do is to point out sin in another person’s life and judge their condition. It is common for people to think that when a believer is going through an extremely difficult time, that they must have sinned against God.

Looking at the life of Job, this was not the case. He is repeatedly reported as not having sinned against God. He was living the upright life before God. Yet, he went through some horrible times.

In this life there will be times of difficulty and sorrow. It cannot be stopped, because sin rules in the lives of every person on this earth. As people sin, others will be affected by it and hurt.

Those who believe in God and trust Him, will one day be filled with joy and laughter. That day may come in this life, or God may hold it off until one steps into heaven for eternity. Either way, the joy and laughter will return.

As you are going through a difficult time, you must keep your eyes on Jesus and on the end of the race you are running. Today you may have troubles, but joy will come in the morning. Life is just a vapor. You are here today and gone tomorrow. The great thing is that tomorrow you step into eternity with God.

At that point, if not before, your mouth will be filled with laughter against Satan who tried to destroy you and failed. Your mouth will be filled with shouts of joy because you had finished the race and won the battle.

Do not believe the lies that God is rejecting you. Keep your trust in Jesus, regardless of what you are going through. Jesus will never reject you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust in the salvation Jesus provides; that God will strengthen you; and that you will be filled with joy and laughter.

Ezra 6:22 Celebrate With Joy

For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel. Ezra 6:22

After receiving some opposition to the building of the temple of God in Jerusalem, the people had received permission to continue building from the king. Once the temple was finished being built, they celebrated for seven days. They were filled with joy because they knew that it was God who had changed the mind of the Assyrian king. Not only did the king allow them to build the temple, he also assisted them by providing many of the supplies needed.

Most people celebrate with joy about difficult things that they have accomplished. Very few people will not celebrate a great accomplishment. The world, however, celebrates it because of what they have done. Self is often looked at as the one who had accomplished everything and deserved to be able to finish it.

Others will often look at it as being very lucky that everything went in their favor.

Believers in Jesus, should be like the Israelites, in knowing that it was God who had given them the ability to finish the project. It was God who had changed the mind of the enemy to give them favor in finishing the building project.

As a believer you must keep yourself to the back. Realize that it is God who is at work in and through you. It is only by God’s power that you can do anything. When a difficult time presents itself in the midst of doing something for God, it is God who provides the way to keep going. Do not be like the world and take the credit.

When you are finished with doing God’s will, celebrate with praise the work that God helped you to do. Celebrate that it was God who cleared all the obstacles in the way to being able to finish. It is God who is in control, not you nor the world.

Who are you celebrating?

God? Or yourself?

God? Or this world?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know God’s power over this world; that you will see God’s favor in your life; that you will give God praise for His work; and that you will celebrate God’s work, not yours or this world.