Pray that the saints would experience joy as a reward for their preaching the gospel, reaping in joy (Psa. 126:5-6; Luke 15:6-7, 9-10, 23-24; John 15:11 and 111).
Psa. 126:5-6—Those who sow in tears / Will reap with a ringing shout. / He who goes forth and weeps, / Bearing seed for scattering, / Will no doubt come in with a ringing shout, / Bearing his sheaves with him.
Luke 15:6-7, 9-10, 23-24—And when he comes into his house, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. I tell you that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance…And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost. In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting…And bring the fattened calf; slaughter it, and let us eat and be merry, because this son of mine was dead and lives again; he was lost and has been found. And they began to be merry.
John 15:11—These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be made full.
For further reading please refer to Life-study of Psalms, msg. 41, p. 473; CWWL, 1932-1949, vol. 3, “Crucial Truths in the Holy Scriptures, volume 3,” ch. 28, p. 516-517; and Life-study of John, msg. 34, p. 418.
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