Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Put My Tears in Your Bottle

I am not familiar with divorce.

I know nothing about it except that it breaks up families and breaks hearts.  

I have someone close to me who is going through this and I'm seeing it closer than I've ever seen it.

Yesterday she had read, in a book, that God keeps all our tears in a bottle and she asked me in an almost "please tell me it's true" kind of way, she asked me was that true.  Sadly I couldn't tell her.  But I said that it sounded familiar and I promised to look for it when I got home.  I found it.

I called her with the good news.  It's in Chapter 56 of Psalms.

Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me,
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause,
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings; 
put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
For You have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God 
in the light of life.


Hollen said...

I LOVE that Psalm!! :) I am reading through Psalms right now, and I loved that one when I was on it. I am sorry for your friend...I too have seen divorce break families apart. I have never really had the chance to experience it while someone was going through it, but I have seen the aftermath and it is devastating.

Elizabeth said...

Hollen, I love all your comments and so glad to hear from you. Family tells me you are practically grown up. Can't believe Ellie is the age you were when you were in Ann and Steve's wedding. Time flies.