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.