Psalm 126:5 in the glory of the inspired writ speaks from the context of God’s judgement in the captivity of the people. We do indeed “sow in tears” at times but this Psalm causes me to consider what sort of tears I sow when I weep?
Do I weep tears of bitterness and envy or do I weep over my sin? Do I weep tears of covetousness over that which I have lost in the world or do I weep tears of woe over the loss of the sensible presence of Christ in my life?
Not all tears are sown to produce joy in the end. There are many tears shed in this world that do not end in the joys of Christ. Judas was greatly grieved in the end, yet our Lord said, “it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24)
May we weep gospel tears, that we may reap gospel joy.