Sunday, June 2, 2013
Tears Like Prayer
1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage.
2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love.
5 For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
7 My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.
8 Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified. May they suddenly turn back in shame.
~ Life Is Hard ~
There is no getting around it. Life is hard. From the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich- we all have our fair share of problems in one form or another. It's enough to make the strongest person give in to tears when it all just begins to feel like a little too much.
Look at David. When it all became just a little too much for him to bear he poured out his heart with tears. David was completely honest with God. He knew God had heard him and he expected God to come to his aid (read verses 8 and 9 again)
We can be honest with God in our tears - even when we are filled with anger or despair because God knows us thoroughly and wants the very best for us. Anger may result in rash outward acts or turning inward toward depression. But because we trust in our all-powerful God, we don't have to be victims of circumstance or be weighted down by the guilt of sin. Be honest with God, and He will help you turn your attention from yourself to Him, His love and His mercy.
You can expect Him to not only see your tears and hear your cries but also to act on your behalf. Trust in an Almighty God that sees and hears everything. And like David; come to Him with the expectations that out of His unfailing love He will do something positive with your tears.