Principles of Harvest

It’s harvest time!

In Psalm 126 we have three principles for a great harvest.

Sowing and reaping is what we do; the growth process is what the Lord does! Many people tell us they don’t believe in miracles. But every seed is a MIRACLE!

If we want to reap a great harvest, then here are three things we must do according to this Psalm.

The first principle is that we must SOW IN ZION! Historically, Zion means Israel, and specifically Jerusalem. The United Kingdom had the great privilege of helping establish a homeland for Jews in what was called Palestine in 1917. It was known as the “Balfour Declaration.”

Allegorically: Zion is the Kingdom of God. We need to sow in God’s Kingdom. “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Prov 3:9-10.

In this Psalm the captives are returning to Zion. They have been uffering – but now they are singing!  “They came with singing unto Zion.” They were like those who dreamed. They were between slavery and success.

However, they had no illusions. They knew there was a lot of sowing to do in Zion before the land would flourish again. Aware of the facts, they prayed: “Restore our fortunes O Lord!”

The next principle for a great harvest is to SOW IN ABUNDANCE!

Watch the farmer as he goes to and fro from one end of the field to the other, over and over again,… carrying a heavy bag of seed. It’s a monotonous and arduous chore.

It’s going to take all we can give to invest in: The Church, Our walk with God, Our career, Our family, Our business.

In the ancient world labour was looked down on. It was the unhappy lot of a slave, and unbecoming for a gentleman. But the Bible has a different view: “For you shall eat the labour of your hands: you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.” — Psalms 128:2.

There is no contradiction between labour and blessing!

“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” — Deuteronomy 8:18

The people God blesses are not idle. He blesses what they DO!

The last principle is this: successful sowers SOW IN TEARS. As the psalm says: Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalms 126:5-6).

See them show in Zion, in abundance, and blinded by tears! — This seed could feed their family. But instead, they’re throwing it on the ground! The recognized a fact that every farmer knows:

We reap WHAT we sow – MORE than we sow – LATER than we sow

A uccessful farmer puts it back into the field! One day the field will keep him and his family — for though he sows with tears, he will reap with joy at harvest time!