You Put My Tears in Your Bottle

The Lord Watches Over Us With Great Care

You number my wanderings (He knows what we are going through); Put my tears into Your bottle (He is tenderhearted toward our sorrows); are they not in Your book (He records our trials and sorrows).” (Psalm 56:8)

David wrote this psalm at a very difficult time in his life. He was being pursued by Saul and was in grave danger. The Holy Spirit through David lets us know in the above verse that the Lord sees all that we go through and records all our “wanderings” in His book. The Lord watches over us at all times and looks upon all our trials and tears with great compassion.

“When I cry to you ……” (verse 9)

David shows great faith in the Lord in this psalm. This next verse says, “When I cry unto you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.” What a bold statement of faith in God despite his terrible circumstances. Saul had tried to kill David on numerous occasions. David exclaimed regarding this: “My enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many who fight against me …” And yet despite the constant peril and his fear; David chooses to look to the Lord. He boldly proclaims: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in You… I will not fear what flesh can do to me.” In this psalm, David had his faith firmly anchored in the One he knew loved him and watched over him. David was pursued by Saul for a long time, yet no matter how dark things became in his life; he knew the Lord loved him. David made some mistakes in not trusting the Lord at times, but he was a man after God’s own heart and never forgot all that the Lord had brought him through. What an example for us!

” In the world you shall have tribulation….. ” ( John 16:33)

Jesus told us that we would experience tribulation and persecution while we walk out our life of faith in Him. He said: “In the world, you shall have tribulation.” Regarding persecution, He said: “If the world hates you, you know it hated Me before it hated you.” The world is hostile towards the Lord because it is not willing to admit their need for what Christ accomplished on the Cross. So, we as Christians, are hated by the world because we have Jesus in us – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (by the Cross).” In our life, we will have tribulation and may experience persecution. The Lord wants us to know that He watches over us through all of this and that he has overcome the world by the Cross (we win in the end).

” He will not leave you …….. ” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The Lord tells us that He is with us at all times. Sometimes, we may wonder if the Lord is there, but the Word of the Lord is very clear regarding this. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, ” It is the Lord that goes before you, He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” The Word of the Lord says that not only is the Lord always with us, but He goes before us and will never forsake us. We can be secure in knowing that He watches over His own for our good.

“…I will strengthen you..” (Isaiah 41:10)

We can be encouraged by these words of Isaiah41:10,”Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We can see from this verse and the other verses referenced above; that we can be confident that the Lord will strengthen and uphold us; that He will never leave us; that He goes before us, is with us, and sees all we are going through in this life.

“I will lift up my eyes ……..” (Psalm 121)

Psalm 121 says, ” I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. The Lord shall preserve (guard) your going out and your coming in from this time forth (when we place our faith in Christ and Him Crucified), and even forevermore (always!).” Just as David looked to the Lord for all his needs, let us anchor our faith in the creator of Heaven and Earth; the One that helps us and guards our way now and forevermore.

“Ascribe to The Lord the glory …. (Psalm 29:2)

How great is our God (that we can call on the creator of Heaven and Earth)? How worthy of our worship and praise. Psalm 29 entreats us to: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” Let us worship the Lord for who He is: our great God. Let us praise Him for the care he gives us: He watches our every step lest we fall. He cares for us and will bring us through to that great day when we shall be with Him in glory. As it regards the trials and sorrows we might go through in this life; we know He is constantly watching over us for good and is tenderhearted toward all we go through. We can say with David: “This I know: for God is for Me.”

Our Future Hope

” And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

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