Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tears in a Bottle


 5Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
 6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
 7Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
 8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 

 Tears in a Bottle

The Psalmist, David, is again wearied by the continual harassment of his enemies.
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
Did God hear the complaints of David? Yes! He knew that, because God is righteous and faithful, his enemies will not escape by their iniquity. Though God is long suffering, the time comes when God says, "It is enough," and in His anger will cast down the people.

But, there is even more. God not only deals with our enemies, but God is compassionate toward His people. He even puts their tears in a bottle. Imagine that! When we get to heaven, how big will our bottle of tears be?

Who has a God like unto our God? The people of the world worship many false gods. Some are actually idols, but others are gods of materialism, pleasure, and power. Are their gods aware of their times of hardship? Do their gods preserve their tears in a bottle?

No matter how many hours we spend in the study of God's Word and the attributes of God, we will never fully understand or appreciate the amazing God we serve. He created this world in which we live, along with all of the stars and planets, and set them in their courses. We observe the creation of God, but can do nothing to keep the planets and heavenly bodies from spinning out of control.

But, God does so much more. In spite of man's sinning against Him and causing an eternal separation from Him, He made a way for man to come to Him. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, we have access into the very throne room of God!

As if that is not enough, God, through the Lord Jesus Christ involves Himself in our daily lives, knowing the thoughts and intents of our hearts, even to the point of storing our tears in a bottle. He did not place man on this earth and then abandon him to fend for himself, but purchased a people for Himself, through the death of His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

As a Shepherd, Jesus tends and cares for us, His sheep. He leads us in paths of righteousness, feeding our souls with the truths of His Word. He cares for us even when we walk in the valley of the shadow of death. As children of God, we need fear no evil, for He is always with us.

What have we ever done to deserve such love and tender care? Not a thing! Our salvation is all of God and none of ourselves! David understood all of these things when he asked,
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
God even keeps a book of records? How amazing is that. To God we are not just a number, we are real people, with real names. As we go about the duties of this day, let us take just a few minutes to thank and praise this wondrous God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda







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