March 4 – Devotion

Date: March 4, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 56

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book? (Ps. 56:8b,ESV)

Why do humans cry, and do other creatures cry? A certain mystery surrounds this question. But we know that we produce three different kinds of tears. Two of the three types of tears are protective for our eyes, basal and reflex tears. The third type of tear appears to be a form of protection for our emotional well-being. Researchers suggest that emotional tears contain stress hormones that can be physically pushed out of the body by crying. Another theory suggests that crying triggers the body to release feel-good endorphins. Whatever the scientific community agrees upon or doesn’t, it is evident that God knew we needed this function when he designed our bodies.

In Psalm 56 we find David in distress. He is being pursued by his enemies and had been temporarily seized by the Philistines. In the midst of despair, David sings a song of praise and affirms his continued trust in God. He denies the power of flesh and fear by choosing doxology over dismay. David’s appeal to God reminds us that our God knows his people intimately. He has kept count of our tossings. God knows how the winds of life throw us about. Even more, he sees our tears. Poetically, David asked for God to observe his tears to the point of catching them in an eternal bottle, of recording them in his book. Our God knows the most intimate parts of us and walks with us.

As a mother, I can begin to understand within a finite, human approach. I take great joy in watching my children rejoice and in rejoicing with them. My heart breaks when I see them hurt. My automatic response is to weep with them when they experience deep hurt. How much more so does our Heavenly Father relate to us his children?

This Lenten season, may we remind ourselves that our God sees. When life tosses us about, may we praise him. When we are afraid, may we trust in him. He has delivered our souls from death. We have an opportunity to walk before God in the light of life.

Believer, we have an eternal hope. Take heart and hear our Lord as his word tells us in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Prayer for the Journey: Lord give me a heart that trusts you with all of my life. Today, I choose to praise you because you alone are worthy.

Prepared by Brandy Johnson

11 Responses to “March 4 – Devotion”

  1. Russell Kyzar says:

    Thanks, Brandy, for this reminder of God’s concern, even for my insomnia!

  2. Mark Nabholz says:

    Thanks for this excellent devotional – very encouraging!

  3. Mandy Starnes says:

    Love this, Brandy! Thank you.

  4. Marlene Amick says:

    Brandy, thank you for the devotional today. I have used these scriptures, plus Psalm 30:5, much in the last year and a half.

  5. Daphne McLaurin says:

    As usual, God supplied, through your devotional, words my soul needed to hear today. God bless you and your family.

  6. Patricia hasselman says:

    This is dhst Easter is all about! Thank you!!

  7. Christine Morrow says:

    Thank you Brandy

  8. Joyce Jones says:

    Thanks Brandy,

  9. Paula Mann says:

    Thank you for today’s devo Brandy! 🙂

  10. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Brandy! It is amazing how timely for me your devotion is.

  11. Tappy Murray says:

    Thanks for such a meaningful devotional.

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