Weeping and Laughing

Vern Parmenter, AVC Director

One of the most exciting passages of Scripture is found in Psalm 126:6 where it says, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” KJV

Have you ever had an experience when you were laughing one moment and weeping the next? Your whole body wracked with emotion? The Psalmist takes these two extremes and suggests that weeping will end with rejoicing under certain conditions. I am sure that most of us recognize that not all of life’s difficult times end so happily.

If I understand this verse correctly there are five steps suggested to bring about happiness--(1) going, (2) weeping, (3) carrying seed, (4) rejoicing, and (5) the harvest. Clearly then we need to “go.” We need to do more than sit in our chairs and pray. There needs to be action. It may include leaving the comforts of home and the closeness of family to follow God’s call!

Vernon B Parmenter, Associate Secretary, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Director, Adventist Volunteer Center.

But when we “go,” why do we need to “weep?” When Jesus looked out over Jerusalem we are told that He “wept over it.” Luke 19:41 KJV It broke Jesus’ heart when the Pharisees confronted Him and told Him to tell the disciples to stop praising Him. His heart ached for them because they remained untouched by His love for them. So when we “go” we need to go with a broken heart, broken on the rock, Jesus Christ, with a
burden and love for the lost.

The seed, we are told in the parable, “is the word of God.” Luke 8:11 KJV When we go we should be driven by our love for lost men and women. Sure they will respond to our love but after we have made friends we need to give them more. We need to share the good news from the “word” that will secure their future and make their lives on this earth a real joy. When someone accepts the provision that Christ makes for all of us, there is “rejoicing.” The recipient of the message rejoices and the one who carries the message rejoices! Oh what joy there is all around!

The most exciting promise found in verse six of Psalm 126 is the promise of a harvest. The Scripture says that there is absolutely no doubt that if we go, if we have a broken heart, if we carry the word of God, we will have results and the joy we have will be like no other! What an electrifying promise!

Better yet, it doesn’t say anything about especially being qualified to “go.” It simply indicates that we need to be willing, to act, to follow God’s leading and He will guarantee results. We don’t have to be pastors or evangelists. We just need to volunteer!

Ellen G White says, “The Lord calls for volunteers now. Go forth, workers for God, weeping, bearing precious seed; for doubtless you will return with rejoicing, bringing your sheaves with you. Your prayers and tears must accompany your labors, that the unholy traits of your own character may not mar the sacred work of God. Depend less upon what you can do, even through your best efforts, and more on what God can do for you in every effort for his name's glory.” RH, December 15, 1885

There should be more weeping and laughing! And there will be when we “GO.”

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