(November 21, 2014)
Sometimes there are chapters that deserve sermons written about them – and sometimes two verses contain so much that they deserve a sermon. Perhaps ever verse in the scriptures is like that – if we fully understood what was contained in it we could give a sermon on each verse as we came to it. Regardless, that is what I felt when I read Psalms 126:5-6 today.
There were so many thoughts that could be developed out of these two simple verses. That the righteous will suffer and sorrow. That even when we suffer, we are to continue our work on behalf of the Lord. That our work for the Lord continues to be precious, even (or perhaps especially) when we give it in our sorrow and despair. That the Lord will magnify our efforts given in sorrow. And that, if we continue to serve the Lord in our time of despair He will ultimately bring us to rejoice with Him in the fruit of that service – our tears will become joy.