January 25, 2023

Psalm 126:4–5 ESV (English Standard Version)

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

Pastor's Commentary

Tears are often shed during times of sorrow, pain, and despair. They come because we are hurting outside or inside. The source can be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.

But there are benefits to tears. They can have a soothing effect. Research has discovered that tears relieve pain and stress by releasing toxins. But God’s Word for today expresses another benefit when our tears come because of our love and devotion to the LORD.

Like the earth needs the rain to bring forth vegetation, our tears will reap a harvest of joy. So, you may have reason to cry now but be encouraged. The more tears you cry, the more joy you will reap.