July 16, 2018
“I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God” ~ Psalms 69:3
How many of you can relate with David here? Has there been times you have grown so physically and spiritually weak from crying out waiting for God that your own eyes seem to even fail you?
The word fail in Hebrew is “kalah” meaning “to be at an end; be finished; to be spent, used up; to waste away, be exhausted”, or “to be finished, be ended, be completed”.
David had exhausted himself from crying so desperately that his throat was parched with thirst. We have all been here and undoubtedly will see many more days like this before the end of our lifetimes.
I love the last definition of fail – “to be finished, be ended, be completed” because these are the moments that our tears fall, as the heaviest downpours as rain at the feet of the Almighty. In these times we have exhausted everything within us in crying out before Him, and just like the rain must come to an end and complete its time, so does our tears. This is when we have nothing left inside of us as we have poured out our heart and souls to our Father. It is in these times we are most vulnerable in our surrender to Him, and sure enough, God promises that though our great sorrows may last for a night, but that He will replace that exceeding sorrow with His joy come the morning.
Many times in scripture David spoke of weeping until he had no strength left in him. (1 Samuel 30:4). In Psalm 6, he even states that in his weariness, every night he made his bed swim with his tears and dissolved his couch with them. David had no shame in his tears.
Many mighty men and women of God in the Bible make record of shedding tears or travailing. Job spoke of his face being flushed from weeping and the deep darkness being on his eyelids (Job 16:16). Jeremiah spoke in the same vocabulary as David did in today’s passage saying his eyes failed him because of his tears (Lamentations 2:11). Let’s not forget Peter after denying the Lord 3 times after assuring Jesus he could never do so. It says that he went out and wept bitterly after this incident (Matthew 26:75). Even our Messiah is no stranger to crying. When we cry and bear our hearts and souls to our God, this is not a sign of weakness, but rather of great humility.
Take comfort my friends, because your tears are never in vain. As they rush down like a mighty waterfall in your moments of brokenness or surrender, the Word tells us that God collects them in His bottle, but more amazing is that He records them in His book (Psalm 56:8). God loves you so much that He makes record of every event leading up to your tears, as well as the moments they spill from your eyes! He does not lose even one tear shed from a contrite heart.
Be comforted that God remembers all your sufferings. As a true Believer, suffering is something that must occur in your life. Real tears are a result of real suffering, even as obedient children. Suffering causes God to refine you as a precious metal.
In the end, God will wipe away all tears from your eyes. There will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain – physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The former things will have passed away and He will sit on His throne and say, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:4-5).
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