J.R. Miller, “Evening Thoughts” 1907)
“You keep track of all my sorrows and have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8
Tears are sacred in God’s sight. The Psalmist said that God keeps a tear-bottle, into which He puts the tears of His people. This means that God in Heaven hears the plashing of earth’s tears. It means that His people’s sorrows are sacred to Him, that He cherishes them, keeping them as memorials.
Our tears are precious to God, also, because in our sorrow He brings to us blessings which we never could receive but for our sorrow. One of our Lord’s Beatitudes is for the sorrowing: “Blessed are those who mourn.” It seems strange to us that mourning ones should be put among the blessed or happy ones. The reason is that only those who suffer can get God’s comfort, and this is such a blessing that it is worthwhile to have sorrow just to receive it.
And so we KNOW our tears are precious to God!
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In his hands
“In proportion as the dear crucified Savior
reigns in your soul and his beauties ravish
your heart; in that proportion, you feel that
all is safe because you are in his hands.”
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