Psalms 126* Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. (1-3)Those yet in captivity are encouraged. (4-6)1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the churchare for us, that we may rejoice in them. And how oughtredemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and ofSatan, to be valued! The sinner convinced of his guilt anddanger, when by looking to a crucified Saviour he receives peaceto his conscience, and power to break off his sins, often canscarcely believe that the prospect which opens to him is areality. 4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for thecompletion of them. And while we are in this world there will bematter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matterfor praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share thecalamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share thanothers. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflictedstate. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good fromtimes of affliction. And they that sow, in the tears of godlysorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap lifeeverlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Blessedare those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. Whenwe mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we aresowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is notmocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, #Ga6:7-9|. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thypresent labour and future reward; the day is coming when thoushalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and greatshall be thy joy in the Lord
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