Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
This is part of Israel's promised land. It is not, geographically, a fruitful area, thus it was called "Bacca" which generally means weeping. There is only one reference in Scripture to Bacca. That is found in Psalm 84. There we find a blessing pronounced on those Israelites who, in order to be found in the presence of Jehovah. travel through the "valley of weeping". As they do, their joy in being found in His presence fills the empty, dry, desolate, valley (symbolically a place of sadness and weeping) with "pools of water" and fills this desert land with water. All this is a symbol of joy in a place of sadness as one seeks the Lord's presence.
This presents a wonderful lesson for Christians (though it is especially meant for the Israelites).
There are many times in our lives when trials and persecutions create a "valley of weeping" for a Christian who seeks to follow the Lord. The same promise in Psa. 84 made to the Israelite seeking the presence of God, can be rightly applied to a believer who earnestly seeks the Lord's presence even though that may mean that he must pass through a time of trial and weeping. His journey to be found in the Lord's presence may require his passing through the "valley of weeping" (Bacca), but the result is that the joy of the Lord fills that once desolate place with plenty of water (refreshment and blessing) as he follows the Lord.
How wonderful to be assured that the "valley of weeping" (Bacca) will be a place of refreshment and blessing to a soul seeking to be found in the Lord's pesence.
Even the problems and trials of life (which answer to the "valley of weeping") are found to be filled with joy and refreshment (water) as the Christian follows the Lord in his or her life.