Psalm 56 – My Tears Are In His Bottle

Another intimate prayer song from David delivered to God at a time of great uncertainty when he had been seized by the Philistines.  Needless to say, David was once again in a tight spot.  In this, he pours out his plea to God.  Telling God what he surely already knows—the enemy is relentless.  The enemy is “trampl[ing] on me all the day” (vs2) he cries. 

Do you sometimes feel trampled by your health issues?   Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of living in this fallen world?  Can you relate to David’s sentiment that “all day long an attacker oppresses me”?    I know that I have. 

In this Psalm, we are given a beautiful picture of God’s response to our pain and turmoil.  In verse 8 David tells God “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”  This is an intimate picture of God’s personal care for us in our moments of deep anguish.  Our God is not standing aloof unconcerned about our pain. Indeed, Christ is well acquainted with the griefs of this world.  Our Lord is intimately acquainted with our tears and keeps a record of our cries.  They do not go unnoticed.  So in those dark lonely seasons, we are assured that our God is taking intimate care and concern for us. And because of his steadfast love, we know that ultimately He will deliver us and keep us from falling that “we may walk before God in the light of life” (vs13).

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