2013-06-27 - Adjusted Perspective
Psalm 56:8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
This is a very difficult time for David. He is being pursued by the Philistines. His words and actions are being twisted and manipulated. This is a time when it is easy to think that God is not there. But David makes it clear that God has kept a record of every step that David has taken. This is amplified in Psalm 139 where David tells us that God knows when we sit down or stand up. He knows the details of our lives that we might find insignificant.
Then David goes on to note that God has saved David's tears. Whether this is a record of each sad moment or literally each tear saved in a bottle I am not sure. But they are important to the Creator. They are inventoried and recorded along with David's travels. In Matthew 10 we are told that God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground defining again what would be considered insignificant. We are assured of our value in God's eyes and that even each of the hairs on our head are known to the Father.
Have you ever felt that you were left to your own slim devices? Sometimes we get ourselves into that position. The promise is that He will never leave us, or forsake us. If you have ever heard the stories of prisoners of war from the more brutal situations it would be easy to think that one of those men would feel that they were alone. In darker moments it would be easy to despair. They often report that it was their faith that got them through.
If we turn our perspective on it's head it is closer in places to God's. Each step is important. Each tear is a lesson. Selah.
Lord - Teach us to trust that we are always in Your heart and mind and that You are always near even when we might wander into trouble. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.