GATHER MY TEARS, LORD

Psalm 56:8-11  “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?  Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.  In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

If I were to count the tears I’ve shed in the 79 years of my life, I would undoubtedly fill a lake rather than a bottle.  I’m one of those sensitive types that cries at the drop of a hat. It can be to a fault most times.  On the other hand, tears are a way for us to manifest our deepest feelings and when presented to God, they are like liquid prayers.  There are times when tears are our only means of communication with Him.  He already knows what our needs are. He knows everything about us – our failures and weaknesses, our strengths and victories.  He has endowed us with these emotional droplets to release the pain, to express joy or demonstrate compassion.  When words aren’t available to us, those tears are often stronger than words.

We can be judged as weak when we cry.  We can be accused of being too sensitive.  Many may condemn us for our lack of ability to stand and fight, but sometimes it’s the only way we can deal with things that happen to us.  Many times it’s best to walk away and not stir the pot anymore than it needs to be stirred.  Sure it is a form of escape and not facing into the problem, but it also gives you time to think before speaking.  The tongue is a whole different area where we tend to mess up.

Have you ever just gone into prayer with tears?  I certainly have. Many times there are not words to express what I’m feeling.  The pain may be too great to overcome.  The loss is overwhelming.  There seems to be no answer to our dilemma.  That’s the time when the Holy Spirit steps in on our behalf. He interprets our innermost thoughts to the Father in a voice that we can’t understand.  

I will undoubtedly continue to face my problems with a certain amount of eye moisture involved, but I know that God is there for me in all times, through all my longings and concernsm with every step that I take..  What a comfort to know that He’s in our corner even when we don’t have the right words.

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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14 Responses to GATHER MY TEARS, LORD

  1. ken riddles says:

    Amen. Tears are amongst our greatest spiritual weapons. The greatest man who ever lives used them. 🙏🏼

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  2. Lordy, between you and I Kathy—I’m thinking of cry me a river—or more like a tsunami

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    “The passionate effectual prayer of a righteous man/woman” I guess the Bible doesn’t call it passionate, but I know it when the Holy Spirit is praying through me and when I am praying because it is the right thing to do. Often with groanings (with and without words) that cannot be uttered. Especially for two kinds of prayer: intercessary and worship. I get so tired of trite phrases like “I love you, You are awesome, I give you glory, honor and praise.” I ask Holy Spirit to just take over and he comes out with some great surprises. One time I prayed: “Lord, you are my hitching post!” It was funny, but true. Sort of like standing on a firm foundation. I’m safe right here hooked on to you. 😀

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  4. Amen. When you used the expression of “liquid prayers,” I know exactly what you mean. As you write Kathy, sometimes our aching heart speaks with tears first.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I have many of those liquid prayers lately with friends losing the battle with COVID and growing old. I’m glad I can approach my royal King and he will hear them and answer.

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  5. K.L. Hale says:

    There’s a song by the Isaacs, “He understands my tears.” 🎶 if you’ve never heard it, Kathy, I encourage you to listen. Also, “Hear my heart” 🎶 by Sherri Easter. I cry very easily. My heart fills deep. There were a few years, my stoicism kept me from crying. And God saved me again. I do go to him in tears with prayers. Like you and Julie, I cry rivers. But I let them out so I can laugh in joy too. ❤️

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