Friday, August 20, 2010

Tears...

"Into thy bottle put my tears: are they not in thy book?"
Psalm 56:8

T ears have a voice. Tears have tongues, and tears can speak. There is no noise like that which tears in secret make in the ears of God. A prudent and indulgent father can better pick out the desires and necessities of his children by their secret tears than by their loud complaints, by their weeping than by their words: and do you think that God can't do as much? Tears are not always mutes: "Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease... Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the LORD." Lamentations 2:18 -19 'Cry aloud', says one, 'not with your tongues, but with your eyes; not with your words, but with your tears; for that is the prayer that makes the most forcible entry into the ears of the great God of heaven'. Penitent tears are undeniable ambassadors that never return from the throne of grace without a gracious answer. Tears are a kind of silent prayer, which, though they say nothing, yet they obtain pardon; and though they plead not a man's cause, yet they obtain mercy at the hands of God."

~ Thomas Brooks

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