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Tears in a Bottle


Psalm 56:8 – Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

The National museum in Tehran, Iran, has ancient artifacts dating back some 6,000 years. In that museum there are some odd shaped bottles. When a husband went off to war, the wife or loved one would weep and collect their tears in a bottle, and upon his return she would hand to her beloved the bottle of tears — they spoke louder than the words ‘I love you’. Scripture tells us that God has a bottle, in which He collects our tears.

Strange Scriptures for the Western mind, but the old Middle Eastern custom of collecting the tears of the family and preserving tears in bottles is normal. When death or serious trouble occurred, each member of the family brought his or her tear bottle and collected tears from all the persons present. These bottles were sacred to the family members because they represented all the sorrows of the family. Each person was buried with his or her tear bottle. Many of these have been found in ancient tombs.

King David was someone who knows what it is to shed many tears. Yet even in his tears and in exile, he finds comfort. He realizes that God is taking note of everything he is going through. A record is being kept in God’s book of all that he suffers. Even his tears are not shed in vain. They are tears of grief and loneliness, but not of despair. There is a future to them. At present they are a token of suffering, but one day each tear will become the theme for a song of praise. So David says to God, “Put my tears in Thy bottle—store them up carefully for me.”

Suffering is an almost inevitable part of human life, but it is not necessarily evil. Its outcome will depend on how we react to it. There is an old saying: “To be beautiful one must suffer.” Suffering endured in faith and for the sake of righteousness imparts a unique beauty that death cannot destroy.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us

May God encourage Your heart today. He knows what You are going through and He is able. 

by Dr. Joseph Chavady (SermonIndex)  

Tears, though they are silent—yet have a voice, “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping!” (Psalm 6:8). Tears water our graces and make them flourish. Where the springs of sorrow run—there the heart bears a fruitful crop. The tender-eyed Christian usually brings forth more of the fruit of the Spirit. A weeping eye is the water-pot to water our graces. (Thomas Watson, “The Beatitudes” 1660: “Blessed are those who mourn.” Matthew 5:8) 

9 comments on “Tears in a Bottle

  1. Nice…thank you.

  2. […] Psalm 56:8 – Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? The National museum in Tehran, Iran, has ancient artifacts dating back some 6,000 years. In that museum there are some odd shaped bottles. When a husband went off to war, the wife or loved one would weep and collect their tears in a bottle, and upon his return she would hand to her beloved the bottle of tears — they spoke louder than the words ‘I … Read More […]

  3. I read a book about this a few years back and was immensely blessed at the time. Bringing it up today is truly a lovely reminder…….thank you for posting Pj. Your posts have a habit of balancing beautifully the sweet topics with the inevitable ugly ones.

    Love you sister🙂

  4. I especially needed this today.
    Thank you.

  5. I so appreciate this pj! Thanks.

  6. […] Psalm 56:8 – Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy bo… […]

  7. Thank you all for the feed back. I was so glad to see this blessed and encouraged!

    Tears, though they are silent—yet have a voice,…

    That caused me to think of what Paul wrote in romans 8,

    ..the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Sometimes, in circumstances which bring about deep sorrow and despair words refuse to come when going before the Lord in prayer. We can become so overwhelmed that all we are capable of is weeping before the Throne. How grateful i am to know the Spirit of God intercedes for me. And that my tears are understood.

  8. Thanks for this article, opened my eyes !!…Put a new meaning to Scripture about tears…We never stop learning !! God bless you M’Kayla xx

  9. What a beautiful tradition those people had, and how wonderful that our God bottles our tears. I have cried many tears in my christian walk and was often told I was so negative. But I think of Ezekiel and how he was called the weeping prophet. Anyway this is such an encouraging post . Thank you for sharing.

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