You have taken note of my journey through life,
caught each of my tears in Your bottle.
But God, are they not also blots on Your book?
God has caught each of my tears in a bottle. How amazing is that? Not just my tears either, imagine a storeroom filled with bottles, uncountable because there is one for each of us. Each drop within each bottle known by God. The cause, the hurt, the sorrow of each tear known by a God who cares for us.
Psalm 56 shows David’s heart as he cries out to the God who has called and anointed him to be King over Israel. On one hand, he is being pursued by Saul who wants to kill him, a situation that has made him seek safety with the Philistines while on the other he is confident that God has his back.
When struck by fear,
I let go, depending securely upon You alone.
4 In God—whose word I praise—
in God I place my trust. I shall not let fear come in,
for what can measly men do to me?
What can measly men do to me? So good a phrase he repeats it in verse 11. Man can do nothing unless God permits it and he is certain God is good and has good intentions towards him no matter the circumstances he can see.
The psalm is such a vibrant, passionate declaration of faith in God and one we can share in because despite circumstances and our feelings we know God is in control. I especially love verse 13
So I might continue to walk before God,
embraced in the light of the living.
In the Message it says:
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.
What an image. Picture your favourite spot maybe a beach or a mountain or a field. Now picture the perfect time of day be it morning, evening, midday. Picture being in your favourite outfit, completely comfortable and walking hand in hand with your Father. Strolling in peace and calm, in security knowing you can trust Him for everything. That’s an image we can have each day to support and sustain us in the busyness of life; in its trials and pain as well as its joys. It is true for us just as it was true for David.
Life is not all roses and butterflies. We know sorrow sometimes more than we know happiness but in the midst of whatever we are secure in Him. There’s great joy in that. Take some time to read the psalm again and let the absolute confidence in God that David proclaims establish itself in you too.