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.

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Psalm 119:136 Tears Over Disobedience

Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. Psalm 119:136

Even though the world has many rules and regulations for people to follow, many still accept on disobedience. Most will not accept disobedience against themselves, but yet will be disobedient to someone else. Everyone wants to be obeyed, but many do not want to obey.

The word “disobedience” is changed to “it is my right” or “it is my freedom.” People do not like to be told what to do. With that disobedience reigns in this world.

Christians often look at the disobedience and sin in this world and get angry. They cry out for laws to be made to stop the sin. They run people out who live in disobedience. People are shunned and kicked out of churches for disobedience. Protests are set up to go against those who are doing wrong.

In all of these actions, there is one element missing…God’s love. Striking out in anger against someone or a group is not showing the love God showed by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross. It is not letting the people know that there is a better way.

When there are tears from weeping, there can be no anger. Tears are a sign of sorrow and sadness, not anger.

Jesus had wept over Jerusalem because of their sin and what they were doing wrong. He did not get angry with them. His heart was broken with sadness.

It is easy to allow anger to rise up, to allow for vengeance, and be vindictive when you see disobedience occurring. It is easy to allow someone to be brought to justice for disobedience.

Instead it takes being at the center of God’s heart to see the sin and disobedience and have your heart broken.

This is not only seeing the disobedience in others, but also in yourself. It is easy to see it in others, but how many times have you been disobedient? How many rules, both man and God’s, have you broken?

Take time to see people as God sees them. See that they are broken and need a Savior, not judgement. Weep over what they are doing wrong and seek God to touch their lives.

Weep over what you may be doing wrong and ask God to help you change. Weep instead of getting angry.

I pray today that you will see disobedience as God does; that you will feel God’s sorrow instead of anger; that you will seek to show God’s love to the disobedient; and that you will obey all of God’s commands.

Psalm 116:15 Death Is…Good

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15

Death is something that people love to avoid and hate to talk about. Yet death is a very well known part of life. Most people have experienced being around death at some point in their life, either directly with someone they personally know or about someone they are familiar with.

Parents get old and die. Loved ones get killed in an accident. Someone dies from a disease. People read in the news about someone getting killed or dying.

When a person dies, there is usually a funeral or memorial service to remember the life the person had lived. During this time, it is usually a sad time for most people. The sadness comes from losing someone who they cared about and loved. The closer the person was, the more painful it is.

God looks at death as something different, especially for believers. When someone who believes in Jesus dies, God finds it as a good thing to happen.

Thinking that death is a good thing, can be morbid to most people. And for most it would be something to be dreaded. The majority of the world does not believe in Jesus. Since that is the case, most of the people in this world do not have anything to look forward to when they die.

Believers, however, get to look forward to eternity in heaven. God looks at it as the ultimate healing and provision. Once you die and go to heaven, you have no more needs. You will never have pain or suffering again.

One thing that you will have is all eternity in heaven with the one who loved you and saved you from your sins. God is excited about that.

If you have a loved one who loved and served God that is dying, look at it as the best healing that they can receive. They get the greatest gift ahead of you, eternity in heave with Jesus and the Father.

Do not fear death, but look at it as a step into eternity with God. Remain faithful to God and He will remain faithful to you and save you. You will step into heaven someday. Look forward to that day.

Rejoice when you see a believer step into heaven. Rejoice as you see your day approaching to step into heaven. Do not fear it or mourn it.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that God will remove all fear of death; that God will reveal what He has in store for you; and that you find joy in believers stepping into heaven.

Matthew 5:4 Getting Comfort

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Jesus now tells you that anyone who mourns will be comforted. Why would a person mourn on a regular basis? Why would someone be so sad about something or anything?

The first thing most people think about when they see someone mourning is that person must have lost someone they loved. Was there a death in the family?

Most always when there is a death in the family or a close friend, there is a time of mourning. For each person how this looks can be different. One person may weep constantly while another becomes very silent and serene.

Even the world will see and accept this type of mourning. As a Christian there may be other reasons to mourn. Look around you. Do you see other people? How many of those people are following Jesus? How many of those people are worshipping some type of idol in their life?

When Jesus stood up on a high hill and looked out over Jerusalem, He started weeping. He saw a lost city that God loved. He saw people dying in their sins.

Does your heart-break for the lost? As you watch the news and see the trouble occurring do you mourn?

Along with seeing all the trouble and hurts in the world, what do you see in yourself? Does your life perfectly show Jesus? If not, which is everyone, you have room to grow. Knowing there is room to grow should make you mourn over the faults in your life.

The extreme crying out to God for the lost and for your own life is the mourning God will comfort. Just as you desire to bring comfort to someone who has lost a loved one and is mourning, God wants to comfort you in your mourning.

God understands the sadness that you feel in seeing the lost that are dying. He understands the sadness you feel at not being exactly like Jesus.

Cry out to God and weep for the lost, hurt, dying world and for yourself. God will reach down and bring you His peace and comfort. Do not look to things or other people for comfort. Those things and people are only temporary and know only in part. God knows all and is eternal. God will never fail you.

I pray today that God will move your heart for the lost; that your heart will break when you see the lost and dying; that God will wrap His arms of love around you and bring you His comfort; and that God’s Holy Spirit will be with you always.