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PSALM 56: MY TEARS IN GOD’S BOTTLE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009
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PSALM 56: MY TEARS IN GOD’S BOTTLE

The focal point of this Psalm is found in Vs. 8 where David speaks of God remembering his tears through his earthly “wanderings.” This theme of assurance in life is alluded to again in Vs. 13 where the salvation of the soul assumes and assures the preservation of life. Again in Vs. 11 “what can (mortal) man do to me” when my eternal soul is in God’s care (Vs. 13 cf. Psalm 142:4). The assurance of preservation in a vile and volatile world is highlighted by the fact that David’s earthly “wanderings” (Vs. 8) have taken him into Gath, the home of Goliath! (I Samuel 21:10-15). While the historical situation is specific here, David writes very generally rendering this Psalm the mirror of any Christian soul in this earthly pilgrimage.

When (Vs. 3 “what time…” is in Vs. 9 “when.” Lit. “the day” ~Ay) the world ‘closes in’ on us (“oppress” Vs. 1), wrests our words (cf. II Peter 3:16) and are against us for evil ‘all day every day’ (lit. Vs. 5 “the whole day” cf. “daily” Vs. 1) we are under the Great Protectors care (V’s. 8-11). Fear is not necessarily a sin; it is natural to fear. Faith dominates fear as a deliberate act of the will, defies feeling and emotions and rests in God’s promise (Vs. 3); “I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name” (Edward Mote; The Solid Rock). Faith that God is for me (Vs. 9), he has delivered my soul and my feet from falling (Vs. 13), and he will remember my tears (Vs. 8).

The mention of God’s lachrymatory and record book (Vs. 8) speaks of a memorial (The ancient Romans placed their tears in lachrymatories and buried them with the dead as a memorial. “Book” cf. Exodus 17:14). This signifies that the tears of affliction and sorrow of the saints are not in vain (Isaiah 45:19 cf. Acts 10:4; Job 16:20). For this the Psalmist trusts God (Vs. 9), praises God (Vs. 10), and pays his vows (Vs. 12 cf. Genesis 28:20; Numbers 6:2, 30:2-3; I Samuel 1:11).

The knowledge of God, His Word (cf. V’s. 4, 10) and his disposition toward the saints spurs the Psalmist on to “pay his vows;” such vows as the Christian takes upon himself when he willingly professes faith in Christ (Psalm 110:3 cf. Joshua 24:15).

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