Author: Anonymous – possibly written to celebrate the exiles return from captivity (Ezra 1).
Sow in Tears…Reap in Joy
Verse 1 – When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Verse 2 – Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Israelites had been dragged off in captivity to Babylon. Now they were coming back to Jerusalem.
Verse 3 – The Lord has done great things for us, where of we are glad.
Verse 4 – Bring back our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
Verse 5 – Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Verse 6 – He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves (when grain is gathered, it is bound in bundles) with him.
Our God is able to restore that which is lost (Joel 2:25). When we sow tears in prayer, God is able to bring joy once again. It’s beyond our understanding.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: God has ordained seasons for “everything.” The season of sowing in tears will come to an end and when it does, get ready to reap in joy! Jesus said our sorrow will be turned into joy in John 16:20.