8 You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? — Psalm 56:8
Tears in a Bottle
by David Shelley
If you’re a fan of the popular Harry Potter movies, you’ll remember a scene toward the end where Professor Snape asks Harry to collect his tears. Snape is dying, and he asks Harry to collect the tears so he can put them in a magical basin that reveals memories of the past. Although Potter and Snape had a rocky relationship, Snape’s tears reveal that he has always protected Harry and done what he could to keep him safe from the evil wizard, Voldemort. Only at the end of Snape’s life, does Harry realize how much he has been loved by his grumpy school master.
In Psalm 56, we find David weeping in prayer to God as he is hunted by the evil king of Israel, Saul. Relentlessly pursued by Saul and his solders, David has lived a life on the run trying to stay alive. God had promised the throne to David, but Saul had other plans. In the heart-wrenching prayer of Psalm 56, David finds consolation in the fact that God figuratively collects his tears in a bottle and keeps them in a book.
Have you ever wept over a situation that seemed so overwhelming you could not bear it? Have you ever felt no one knew what you were going through? God knew. God loves you and is aware of your struggles. As with David, God keeps your tears in a bottle. He knows your story. He remembers the suffering you’ve endured, and He is always walking with you through the good times and bad.
- When you’re in a trial, don’t be ashamed to pray out loud and pour your heart out to God. He is listening and understands.
- Is there someone in your life who is going through an ordeal? Why not let God use you to collect some tears? You don’t need to have all the answers and solutions; just spend time with them listening.
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