Psalm 126:6   Thought/Prayer:  Bringing in the Sheaves.  Topics:  2 at end.

“He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  (AKJV)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.) 

There is a very old hymn based on this scripture, written in 1874 by Knowles Shaw.  (Surprise!  It’s called “Bringing in the Sheaves.” – [music by George Minor in 1880.])  It’s peppy and has a great singable chorus:  “Bringing in the sheaves; bringing in the sheaves . . . “  It has often been sung at gatherings for praising God or especially for bringing people to Jesus.

But what in the world are sheaves?  (Those of us who grew up around fields of grain may know this agricultural term.  It’s a plural of the word sheaf.) 

A sheaf is a bundle of harvested stalks of a cereal grain, such as wheat.  The individual, cut stalks are bound together to make for easy threshing out of the grain at the head of the stalk.  You grab a sheaf and flail,  pounding the grain.  This beating separates the edible part of the grain from the chaff that holds it on the stalk until loosened.  Then follows winnowing which is throwing the grain up in the air and letting the wind blow away the chaff, leaving only edible grain.  Of course, with mechanical agricultural machines such as combines, much of this process is combined and simplified.

In the Christian walk, what are the sheaves which we must bring in?  It’s really who: Those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ.  They are the stalks of grain in the fields waiting to be harvested.  To bring in the sheaves for Christ is to gain the harvest of souls who are available to be gathered for Him – and all persons are available; His salvation is for all, for anyone who will allow themselves to be harvested. 

Anyone who believes can probably remember when God’s merciful hand of harvest had not yet wielded its power in their lives.  But when He does harvest us, we are never the same.  When we claim Him as Savior and Lord, we become one of His harvested stalks of grain in His storehouse.

This may seem oversimplified, but in reality, this scripture explains it pretty well.  We go out into the world around us.  We bring others to Christ as His harvest.  We bring in the sheaves.

Topics:  Pray for the vision to see the fields that await God’s hand of harvest.  Pray for this vision to come to us in Pro-LIFE work.
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