Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tears in a Bottle

Today's Reading:
  • Psalm 56:1 - 13
  • Psalm 57:1 - 11
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Psalm 56:1 - 57:11
Psalm 57 is another Psalm where David is crying out for the protection of the Lord.  He shows his faith in the Lord to rescue him and praises the Lord.  Psalm 56 is another psalm of David, and this one really stuck out to me. 

This psalm really deals with the result of sorrow bestowed upon us by men.  David talks about how these people are plotting against him, gossiping about him, attacking him, and spreading lies.  Regardless of all that these people have done to him, David is putting his trust in the Lord.

The following verse is written twice -- once in verse 4, and once in verse 11:
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?  What can mere mortals do to me?
 There are so many good verses in this psalm.  Another one is verse 8:
You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
I have to mark this psalm down so that I can return to it later.  It really is a beautiful reminder that the Lord is there, collecting your tears.  When the whole world seems to be against you, in the end it doesn't matter -- for the people of this world are mortal, and our relationship with God is eternal.  What can mere mortals do to us?

Verse 11 sums Psalm 56 up perfectly:
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping.  So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

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