“You yourself have recorded my wanderings [misery*]. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Psalms 56:8 CSB (*NIV instead of wanderings)
First comment, as you can see, I am reading from a different Bible version. I have read from the KJV, the NKJV, and the NIV over the past years. I am starting the Christian Standard Bible which is supposed to be a wonderful combination of readability and accuracy of translation. If you have used it, I would love to know what you think.
Now, back to our verse for this week. I love the imagery of this verse by David. In the Bible we are promised that God is with us always, but this verse makes it so much more personal. Our Father God is not just looking down on us as we travel this path called life. He is right there with us collecting our tears in a bottle, keeping track in “His book” all the events of our lives.
Where Is God?
Where is God when my tears fall like rain?
When my heart aches and my soul is in pain?
My God is here with me and in my misery, abides.
Collecting my tears as He gathers me to His side.
In a bottle, He catches each tear drop.
And cradles me close until they stop.
My Lord records in His book every sorrow, trial, and fear.
God knows each hurt and doubt and still holds me near.
Father God alone pulls me into his loving embrace.
Dries my tears, calms my fears, and keeps me in His grace.
This week, as you go through life and tears fall, or sorrows overwhelm, remember that our Father God is with us, right beside us. Turn to Him and accept His love, comfort, and care. Bask in His nearness, feel the warmth of His presence, and know He is close.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we affirm that God is with us always and even closer, in our tears.
Blessings and joy in all your wanderings!