Psalm 126 is a post-captivity psalm. It was penned after the Jews made their long return back to Jerusalem. It was written at a time when the nation of Israel was excited about what God had done for them. Even the surrounding nations were saying, “Look what God has done for them!”
As the writer concludes the psalm, he has no desire of going back into captivity. He, and those to whom he is writing, remember the many years of tears and the faithful among their remnant who encouraged the people through the Word of God, that one day they would be back in their home land again.
Verses 5-6 are beloved verses often used as promises that every soulwinner can claim. These verses give us a sure-fire, non-failing assurance of how we can be consistent, consecrated, and consummate soulwinners!
Here are three essentials to being a model soulwinner taken from Psalm 126:5–6.
1. Be a Thirsty Soulwinner
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth” Psalm 126:5–6a
A passionate heart is a necessary ingredient if you want to be a thirsty soulwinner. To be thirsty means you have a desire that needs to be satisfied. It means you have an unquenchable desire!
God promises that if we are thirsty enough to cry over souls, He will give us a harvest. Tears are the product of a heart that has been moved and the price of a heart that has been shattered and broken.
Jeremiah was thirsty when he looked at the rubbish and burned down walls of Jerusalem and said, “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?” in Lamentations 1:12.
Paul was a thirsty soulwinner when he stood before the elders of Ephesus and said,“Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears,” in Acts 20:31.
Jesus was thirsty in Luke 13:34 when He stood on a precipice looking over the beloved city of Jerusalem and cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”
If we ever desire to see a consistent flow of souls being saved, there is no substitute for a thirsting, unquenchable desire to see them saved!
2. Be a Thorough Soulwinner
“Bearing precious seed” Psalm 126:6b
A thorough soulwinner is consecrated. Someone who only puts in a partial effort will produce in proportion to what he puts in.
You may not be able to witness every day, and you might not be able to attend every soulwinning opportunity at your church, but you should decide to get your heart in the matter all the way!
A thorough soulwinner is competent. He knows the Bible, and he knows how to use it to share the Gospel.
- A thorough soulwinner is conscientious.
- He keeps good records and goes back again, and again, and again!
- He takes advantage of special events to invite people to church.
- He does not limit himself to one fishing hole!
- He asks questions and allows good soulwinners to help him improve!
A thorough soulwinner is a consistent co-laborer with his church. He is always soul-conscious and seeks to enlist others in the work of soulwinning.
3. Be a Thriving Soulwinner
“Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6c
Thriving soulwinners bring back the sheaves with them! God promises fruit to the soulwinner who will follow the pattern for soulwinning given in Psalm 126.
God is able to give us fruit as we go soulwinning, and He has promised to if we meet His criteria. He does not promise that we will see fruit every time we go soulwinning, but He does promise to provide fruit. Let’s follow the principles of Psalm 126 to be an over the top soulwinner to the glory of God!