Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Sowing tears...reaping joy

"When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. 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." The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, 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..." - Psalm 126

"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you". - Hosea 10:12

I've got some "unplowed ground" that I need to let the Lord work His hands into. Some areas of my heart that are dry and hard. No seed will ever be able to sprout there until I allow Him to soften it and turn it into fertile soil. It has to do with trust...trusting others, trusting myself, and even trusting God.

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song". - Psalm 28:7

"But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." - Psalm 31:14

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." - Psalm 37:4-6

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6