Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bottled Tears

A treasured bottle collection.

“You number my wanderings:  put my tears into Your bottle;  Are they not in Your book?”   Psalm 56:8

Some excerpts from Matthew Henry's commentary:
 "God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears . . . .   
      . . . . as the blood of his saints, and their deaths, are precious in the sight of the Lord (Psalm 116:15), so are their tears, not one of them shall fall to the ground.
The tears of God's persecuted people are bottled up and sealed among God's treasures . . ."
     . . . and . . .
                the beautiful promise from Psalm 126:5,6 . . . 'Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.  He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Luke records this moving account in chapter 7:37,38; 
.  .  .  "And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him, weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil."

The woman took what was very likely her most valuable possession and broke open the bottle and poured out .  .  .  poured out love  .  .  .  having been forgiven much, she loved much. And as she wept and bathed His feet with her tears, I see Him catching those salty drops in cupped hands and slipping them into His bottle .  .  .  sealing them up with His treasures.

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