Have you just recently become a Christian? Has it been in the last few weeks or months that you have come to Christ and found the joy of forgiveness for sins? Psalm 126 sings of the joy of being put in a right relationship with God.
“When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.” (v.1-3)
You were a slave to sin and Satan. You lived in war against God. You were tied up in a futile life of frustration. When God allowed you to see the glory of having your sins forgiven, you responded with thankful joy. This salvation seems too good to be true. You were like “those who dream.” You had known laughter and party in your time without Christ. But, you had not known the bubbling-over joy of new life in Christ.
Because of the joy of Jesus delivering you from sin, your “mouth was filled with laughter and [y]our tongue with joyful shouting.” Now you are glad to tell people of how God has saved you and of how He is working in your life. “The Lord has done great things for us!”
If you are a new Christian who knows this joy of salvation and new life yet you lived for many years without Christ, maybe you are feeling as though your life is wasted and not much good to God? Maybe you think, “I wasted too much time? Maybe God can do great things through others but not through me because I missed my chance?”
Listen to the closing lines of Psalm 126. “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Maybe you have tears of sorrow at all the wasted years, at all of the time spent against God? Listen…you can still bear fruit, much fruit for Jesus. Plant your seeds while you have the new found joy of salvation. Though you have tears of regret, plant your seeds. Ask God in prayer to make you fruitful, to give you the desires of your heart, to see days spent in loving Christ and bringing Him glory. Then, watch what the Holy Spirit is able to accomplish. You may plant seeds with tears but God can bring you back with sheaves, with a full-grown and fruitful harvest.
God used the Apostle Paul in a powerful way even though Paul had spent years in sinful darkness and direct opposition to Christ. Paul had gone from town to town, putting Christians in prison. For his sins, Paul referred to himself as the “least of all saints” (Ephesians 3:8). Yet Paul’s preaching and service brought many people to new life in Christ. God gave Paul a fruitful Christian life, even with being saved as an adult with a dark past.
Don’t let your joy be turned to sorrow. Seek God in prayer and thankful obedience to His Word now. Look for and expect God to bring you into Heaven with a full harvest, with a shout of joy!