You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
Sometimes, we think that God has left us, and doesn’t see the tears. But David tells us in Psalm 56 that He numbers our wanderings. Faithful readers, He knows every step you’ve taken, every journey you’ve been on. He has watched you as you travel the path of life. Your wanderings, journeys, your entire life’s days are all written in His book.
So those tears you are crying; those tears you have cried on your journey, God has seen every single one. David talks about God collecting our tears in a bottle. Weird, right? Let’s look deeper …
Tear bottles represent an ancient Middle Eastern custom of collecting the tears of the family and preserving the tears in bottles. When death or serious trouble occurred, each member of the family brought a tear bottle and collected their tears. These bottles were sacred to the family members because they represented all the sorrows of the family. Each person was buried with their tear bottle. Many of these are said to have been found in ancient tombs, and were considered treasures by the families.
Your tears, folks, are among God’s treasures. He holds your tears, He holds your sorrows, He holds your grief close to His heart. God has a bottle AND a book for our tears, both tears for our sins, and those for our afflictions. He remembers all the things that happen in our lives, including the suffering endured for His sake. He knows. He sees. He understands.
So if you have no prayers to pray because your sorrows are many, cry it out. I believe those tears are being captured by the hands of God and placed inside His bottle, and that sorrow that is breaking your heart is placed inside of His book. Our tears are not useless, my friend. God knows each of us intimately, and every tear we shed has meaning to Him.
He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t abandoned you. He is behind the scenes writing the story that will dry your tears and deliver you.
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