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The tracks of tears

November 10, 2008

by Rev. Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

King David wrote in Psalm 56:8, “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?”

Just how many tears have you shed in the course of your lifetime? Is it even possible to know? There are all the tears of childhood, tears of grief, tears of joy, and tears from chopping onions.

It’s impossible for anyone to count their tears. But not for God. He has the tears of every one of us numbered.

When David questioned God and asked, “Are my tears not in your record?” he wasn’t expressing his doubts about this – it was just the opposite. David knew that it was ridiculous to think that the all-knowing God didn’t know his tear count.

How could the God who knows our very words before we speak them (Psalm 139:4), not know the number of tears that have blurred our eyes?

Obviously, God knows the story of your life better than you do! So, it’s ridiculous to think he doesn’t know what is best for you.

It’s absurd to think (as we often do) that he has somehow forgotten us. Even when we do not think of him, he keeps track of us in the smallest detail.

But most remarkable of all, this God, who counts our tears, does not keep count of our sins. These he has already washed away in the blood of Jesus; these he has put behind his back forever.

The next time you shed a tear – for any reason – ask yourself what number it was, and then stand in awe of the God who actually knows the answer.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.