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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
My mom use to tell me all the time that God knew every tear I ever shed and he put them all in a bottle. I knew she got this little pearl of wisdom from the bible but I could never find that scripture…until today!
As I was looking over my Instagram feed I ran across the picture above. But what caught my attention was what is written below it. (see screenshot to the right) The Psalm talks about how God keeps track of all our sorrows, which turn into tears most of the time, and he saves them in a bottle.
Psalm 56:9-11 goes on to say…
“My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
This I know: God is on my side!
I praise God for what he has promised;
yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?”
As I was meditating on this scripture the following came to me…
For all the times you have cried…He shall turn your sorrow/tears into joy (Psalms 126:5)
For all the times you were depressed…He shall comfort you in your afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
For all the times you have felt betrayed…He shall remain loyal to you (Isaiah 54:10)
For all the times you have felt alone…He shall never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
For all the times you have felt anger…He shall give you a peace that passes all understanding and will guard your hearts and your minds (Philippians 4:7)
For all the times you have felt fear…He has given you a spirit of power love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
For all the times you have felt unloved or uncared for…Don’t you know you are the apple of his eye and nothing can ever separate you from the love of our heavenly Father? (Deuteronomy 32:10)(Romans 8:38-39)
For all the times you have felt hopelessness…He has given you eternal life (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
For every tear you have or will shed God has promised you these things. Only he knows those times you have wailed uncontrollably while no one was looking. Only he knows the prayers you have cried out to him. Only he knows your heart and only he knows the ANSWERS! 🙂
While writing this post one song keeps coming to mind. Praise you in this Storm by Casting Crowns.
A friend of mine sent this song to me the day I was leaving to go see my mom for what would be the last time on this earth. She was diagnosed with cancer in November 2005 and on my birthday August 9, 2006, the family came to visit her. I played this song over and over and the entire time I kept thinking about what my Momma said about all my tears being bottled up.
I cried an ocean that day and much more after but you know what???
God comforted me…Strengthened me…Encouraged me…Loved me…Held me and NEVER EVER left my side!
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Whatever you are facing today please hear my heart when I say God is so much greater than your circumstances and he will always be right there beside you to comfort you when the tears are flowing!
If there is anything I can pray for you please let me know. You can leave your prayer request in the comments below or if it’s just to hard to share with others what you are going through then please contact me personally and I will pray with/for you.
Remember you’re not in this fight alone. God always sends the helpers 😉