I grew up in a strong, loving Christian home. My parents lived out their faith everyday in their lives and they taught me and my sisters how to walk with the Lord. But it wasn’t a perfect home, where my parents told us what to do and us girls just obediently did all that they said. Well, we did have one sister who was like that but for me and my oldest sister — there were attitudes and debates and some pushing back against the rules.
There were times when I felt my parents were the strictest parents in the world and I would tell my parents this (with the hopes of changing their minds) but it didn’t seem to bother them or make them waver in the slightest. They loved me too much to let me run amuck and that was one thing I was secure in – I was loved.
I did not always understand my parents ways but one thing I always knew was that my parents were for me. They could see the bigger picture and so everything they did was for me.
And that brings us to Psalm 56. David was on the run from his enemies and sleep was not coming easy for him. Instead he was tossing and turning and crying at night and he wrote this about God:
You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
David knew that God saw his sleepless nights.
David knew that God saw every tear that fell on his pillow.
And David knew that even though he was in deep distress…God was for him.
Friends, I do not know what difficulties you are facing today or how many tears you have cried or how many sleepless nights you have faced…
But this I know – God sees you and is for you!
One of the Hebrew names of God is El Roi – which means “The God who sees me.” This name was first used by Hagar in Genesis 16, when she was running from Sarah. She was fearful and all alone with her son and it was in this dark place that God made his presence known to her. She was comforted by knowing that God saw her.
As we read through the book of Psalms, we see the Psalmists crying out to God over and over and declaring that God is our refuge, our rock, and our unshakable fortress. The world does not have this security that we have! We have a God who loves us and is for us and that we can trust through every valley and struggle.
God is for you!
But you may ask…then what about my tears?
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35 and it says –
And Ecclesiastes 3:4 says,
“There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance.”
Tears are a part of life that even Jesus experienced.
In Romans 12:15 we are commanded to cry:
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
And in John 20:13, the first words of Jesus after he rose from the dead were to a woman. Jesus said “woman, why are you weeping?” Jesus knew the answer and he was there to reassure her. His presence helped Mary know that everything was going to be okay and that she did not need to cry anymore.
One of the most comforting verses in scripture is Revelation 21:4 which says:
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.”
David said in Psalm 56:3 & 4:
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
Notice how David went from being afraid to declaring – I will not be afraid!
What settled his anxious thoughts?
Putting his trust in God.
Is there something keeping you up at night?
Is there something that is causing you to give way to fear?
God sees your tears and He is for you!
I know that sometimes it doesn’t feel like He is for us. Just like when I was a kid and my parents would tell me to do things I did not want to do. I couldn’t see then, how much my parents were for me. But now looking back, I can see clearly. I was loved and they were completely — for me.
You may not be able to see the big picture right now but you can trust that God is for you. Release whatever burdens you are carrying to the Lord and trust in God today.
He is for you and He loves you.