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THE PSALM OF THE SOWING SAINT
Intro: Beginning with Psalm 120 and continuing to Psalm 134, these Psalms are called “Songs
of Degrees.” They
were sung by the pilgrims who were traveling to
It is also a special Psalm to those who are in the
v. 1a They Speak Of Their Deliverance As the Israelites began this
hymn of praise, they did so by remembering the great grace of God. They remembered how they had been oppressed
and held captive by their enemies, and how God in His great power
had delivered them. They praise
His for the day He set them free and brought them back to their homeland.
(Note: It should be our constant practice to remember where we were when the Lord found us, Eph. 2:1-3; and how He delivered us from our lost and hell bound condition by His matchless grace, Eph. 2:8-9. He deserves our praise for setting us free, changing our lives and altering our destinies.)
(Note: What a lesson for the children of God! We have been delivered from death and Hell by the grace of God. Our names have been written down in glory. We are children of the living God! We have a reason to rejoice. Oh that our hearts were filled with His praise and that we would be vocal and quick to proclaim His goodness, His grace and His salvation. The Bible teaches us praise honors the Lord and we should be involved in praising Him, Psa. 47:1; Psa. 113:1-3; Psa. 135:1-3; Heb. 13:15.)
C. v. 3b They Speak Of Their Decision As these people think about all they have received from the Lord, they make a decision and say, Whereof we are glad.” They make a conscious decision to be happy in the Lord Who redeemed them!
II. v. 4 THERE IS A WORD OF PRAYER
A. As these pilgrims ponder their past and as they deliberate their deliverance, they also lift their voices up in prayer to the Lord. They pray that just as the spring rains fill the southern streams with floods of water, that God will also deliver others from their captivity and restore them to their homeland. They have a burden to see others delivered as they have been and they call on the Lord to see they others are set free as well. They want other captives to enjoy the deliverance they have experienced.
B. Again, there is a word here for the church. Those who have been delivered from their sins should carry a burden for those still lost in sin. We need to pray for them and for the Lord to touch their hearts, show them their condition and to point them to Jesus Christ so that they too might be saved.
Perhaps more of us need a time of prayer just like that! May God create a burden within our hearts for
the lost that drives us to Him for them and then drives us to them
for Him! May we be like John Knox who was so burdened
III. v. 5-6 THERE IS A WORD OF PROMISE
(Note: This speaks volumes to the saints of the Lord. After we have been delivered from our sins and saved by God’s grace, we should be moved by a burden to see others have what we have been given. We are to take what we have, the Gospel message, the seed, the Word of God and we are to go into a lost world and sow it for the glory of God, trusting Him to take our few seeds and turn them into a mighty harvest for His glory. Let’s take a few minutes to look at these last two verses and what they have to teach us about this matter of sowing the Gospel.)
When the Bible says, “Bearing precious seeds,” that little phrase has the idea
a trail of seeds.” The idea here is that everywhere
we go; we are to be dropping the Gospel seeds!
Imagine if I were to put up a map of
B. The Tears Of The Sower Notice that this farmer goes out to sow and as he sows he is shedding tears, v. 6. Why does he weep? Because he knows that everything depends on the next crop. He has a burden for the harvest and he wants to see the seed multiplied so that his people might live! I have already touched on the need for a burden over the lost, so I will merely point out threesimple reasons why we need a burden for the lost:
1. Biblical Examples The Bible offers many examples of men with a burden for the lost. Their burden serves as a lesson to our lives.
2. Past Experience - There was a day when we were lost without God. Just
the memory of sin and a life lived apart from the Lord ought to be
enough to drive us out into the world to tell others about a God who
loves them and died to save them. (
C. The Triumph Of The Sower The sower went to the fields, he worked and he sowed, now he returns with rejoicing, bearing in his arms the fruits of his labors. He has a great harvest to show for the investment of his time and his tears.
(Note: The seed is called “precious.” Why? There are several reasons, but the main one is the fact that the seed contains within it life. When it is sown into the ground, and the conditions are just right, that seed will germinate and new life will be the result.
When the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh King Tutankhamen was discovered,
among the many treasures in that tomb were some seeds that were over
3,000 years old. Scientists took some of those seeds, planted
them and they germinated and grew up into plants. No wonder the Word of God is compared to a seed.
There is power in the blood, but there is also power in the
On Tuesday night my wife and I went out to visit with Diane. Now to say the least, she was extremely cool in her reception. She let me know she was an atheist and that she did not like preachers. But she agreed to let me come in for five minutes. Well I got to work in a hurry.
I said to her, "Diane, do you know for sure that if you were to die today you would go toheaven?" She said, "I don't even believe in heaven. I told you I'm an atheist." I said, "Are you telling me that you know that there is no God?" She said, "That's right."
I said, "Well, let me ask you a question. Do you know everything there is to know about everything?" She said, "Well, of course not." I said, "Well, let me be generous. Would you say you know half of everything there is to know about everything?" She said, "No, I wouldn't say that either." I said, "Well let's just say you do." I said, "Now here's the half of the knowledge that you do have, and over here is the half of the knowledge you don't. Would you agree that God could exist in the knowledge you do not have?" She said, "Well, I never thought about that before."
Then she said, "Well, I don't know whether there's a God or not." I said, "Now we'regetting somewhere." I said, "You're not an atheist, you're an agnostic." She smiled very broadly and said with pride, "Yes, that's right, I'm not an atheist, I'm an agnostic." (Now I did not tell her that the Latin word for agnostic was ignoramus.) I said, "Now I want to ask you this question. Are you an honest agnostic, or a dishonest agnostic?" She said, "What do you mean?" I said, "Well, an honest agnostic says, 'I don't know whether there's a God or not, but I want to find out.' But a dishonest agnostic says, 'I don't know whether there's a God or not, and I don't want to know.' Now which are you?" She said, "Well, I'm an honest agnostic."
I said, "Alright." I went to my car and got out a little paperback New Testament, brought it in and gave it to her, and I said, "I want you to do me a favor. I want you to begin reading everyday one chapter in the gospel of John." She said, "But I don't even believe the Bible." I said, "I understand that, but I want you to do it anyway." She said, "It won't do any good." I said, "I understand that, but I just want you to read the gospel of John."
Then I said, "As you read the gospel of John I want you to ask two questions: 1) Who did Jesus claim to be? 2) What am I going to do about it?" I said, "Do you understand?" She said, "Yes." I said, "Okay, there are twenty-one chapters in John's gospel. If you read one chapter a day that's three week's worth of reading. I will not be back, and you will not hear from me for three weeks. But then I will come back and see how you are doing."
Sunday morning I gave the invitation, and the first person to walk down the aisle of my church, crying big crocodile tears, was Diane. To show you how much faith I had, I said, "Whyhave you come?" She said, "I have come to be baptized." I said, "Well, Diane that's wonderful, but before you can be baptized, you've got to be saved." She said, "Oh, I have been saved." I said, "Yes, when?" She said, "Wednesday morning." I looked stunned, and then she smiled and said, "I did not get past the first chapter.")
(Note: If we will go and sow, God will give the increase, 1 Cor. 3:6. you won’t see everyone you witness to saved, but God will save some for His glory and there will be souls in Heaven because you took the time to share!)
(Ill. Dr. R. Q. Leavell, used to be the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Georgia and later became President of New Orleans Theological Seminary. He was not only a wonderful preacher,but he was a tremendous soul-winner.
He told the story once of preaching a revival in another state, and after the last night was over people had gathered up to speak to him and say goodbye. He noticed out of the corner of his eye there was a young woman with two small blond-haired little girls standing over against the wall obviously waiting to talk to him.
They waited there for over a half an hour and finally when the last person had walked away this mother and her two little girls walked up to the platform and she said, "Dr. Leavell, I have come many miles to be here tonight." This was back in the fifties before there were many four-lane highways and interstates. Obviously it had taken her a long time to get there. Dr. Leavell said, "You mean you came all this way just to hear me preach?" She said, "Oh no, I came here just to tell you something." Hesaid, "You came all the way here just to tell me something?" She said, "Yes." He said, "What is it?"
She said, "Dr. Leavell, over twenty-five years ago I was
just a nine year old little girl in the Delta of Mississippi, and
I lived alone with my mother in a little one-room shanty not far from
town. They were having revival
Dr. Leavell said, "Well, that is a wonderful story, but what does that have to do with me?" Well atthat point, tears began to well up in the eyes of this young lady. She said, "Dr. Leavell, you were that man in that black suit, and I drove all this way just to tell you thank you for telling me about Jesus."
At that point Dr. Leavell's eyes filled up with tears, and the tears began to roll down his cheeks. He said with quivering lips and a cracking voice, "Honey, would you do me just one favor?" She said, "Dr. Leavell, I will do anything you ask me to do." He said, "When you get to heaven will you tell Jesus what you just told me?" She said, "Yes, I will." He said, "That will be heaven enough for me.")
Conc: Now, this evening, I am speaking to a group of people who have been given much. You have been saved by His grace and are headed to His heaven. I would just remind you that “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required, Luke 12:48. As I close this message, I want toencourage you to do a few things for me.
3. Make a decision tonight, that by the help of the Lord, you will leave this church, go out in the field of this world and sow the Gospel seed.
Will you do that tonight? Will you listen to the voice of the Lord as He speaks to your heart about the needs of a lost world? Will you commit to taking up the precious seed of the Gospel and seeing that it is sown into a world that so desperately needs to hear about Jesus? If the Lord has spoken to your heart about this, or any matter, then you come as He calls.