BOTTLE FULL OF TEARS
Psa. 56:8 You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
Have you had a good cry lately? Tears seem to be intimately connected to the work of God in our souls. I can never forget that night of nights for me, the night the fountain of my tears were released. It happened at the Joy Theater, of all places, in downtown New Orleans in August of 1973. Parris and I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar and the crucifixion scene seemed to open up the flood gates of my soul. I saw it in an instant, I was a sinner. I needed a Savior. Christ had suffered in my place. Nothing else needed to be said. The Lord was washing the sin and pain from my soul with those tears. Charles Spurgeon spoke of Peter’s tears. Check this out.
“May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a tongue parched in the flames of hell. Peter also thought upon his Master’s look of love. The Lord followed up the cock’s warning voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter’s mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Saviour’s full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.”
Wow. “May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin”, powerful words from the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon connected the supernatural work of repentance to the flowing of our tears. Albert Wright spoke about today’s scripture verse and compares our tears to Mary’s ointment. Check out his incredible thoughts on this verse.
“Are they not in thy book? While we remain in this vale of misery, God keeps all our tears in a bottle; so precious is the water that is distilled from penitent eyes; and because he will be sure not to fail, he notes how many drops there be in his register. It was a precious ointment wherewith the woman in the Pharisee’s house (it is thought Mary Magdalene) anointed the feet of Christ; but her tears, wherewith she washed them, were more worth than her spikenard. Abraham Wright, in “A Practical Commentary or Exposition upon the Book of Psalms,” 1661.
The beauty of the spiritual tears is that they don’t leave us in the dumper. As the psalmist said, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
We come to the Lord, convicted of our sins, many times our lives shattered in pieces. It may be hard to tell the difference, are we sorry for our sins or are we only sorry for the consequences. If the repentance is real it will lead to that place of joy. Tears of repentance bring us to the feet of Jesus, in His presence is fullness of joy.