Man's Tears in God's Bottle
Psalm 56:8
You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book?

Tears are here employed as exponents of sorrows and troubles. But it is not all tears that are treasured up by God.

I. TEARS OF REPENTANCE. When the early years have been marked by transgression, the coming of the days of grace can never be without tears. Take as illustrations the woman who was a sinner; the Philippian jailor; Peter when he went out and wept bitterly on that day which we may regard as the day of his abiding conversion to God.


III. TEARS WEPT OVER THE WICKEDNESS OF MEN AND THE APPARENT SLOWNESS WITH WHICH THE KINGDOM OF GOD MAKES ITS WAY. The greatest and the best men the world has ever known have been the men who have experienced the deepest sorrow. The man who can smile from the cradle to the grave knows neither himself, nor the world, nor God. Ezekiel tells of those on whom the Lord bid him put a mark for that they "sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done in the city." Their tears were put into God's bottle. Never was the truth contained in our text more wonderfully illustrated than in the history of our Blessed Lord and Saviour. Not a tear He shed was lost. "He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied." "He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hands."

(Enoch Mellor, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

WEB: You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren't they in your book?

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