A Song in Your Tears


In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried unto my God; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. ~ Psalm 18:6

Did you know that emotional tears and irritant tears, such as when cutting an onion, are different? According to "AnswersInGenesis.org", in an article titled "The Miracle of Tears" by

“In each tear is distilled something of eternity" ~ Ken Gire "Windows of the Soul"


"No prayer will ever prevail with God more surely than a liquid petition, which, being distilled from the heart, trickles from the eye, and waters the cheek. ~ Charles Spurgeon

"The tears of John, which were his liquid prayers, were so far as he was concerned, the sacred keys by which the sealed book was opened (Rev. 5:4)." Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)


Prayer is
the falling of a tear ~Oswald Chambers

Oftentimes a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears ~ Oswald Chambers


"A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven." ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Jerry Bergman, He writes that there is a 25% higher content of albumin protein in emotional tears.1

I also read an article in "National Geographic" that described how scientists assigned notes to the amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) which played a song and by doing this procedure of turning the amino acids into notes they were able to understand or comprehend the unique structure of a protein by the song it made.2 What they were unable to comprehend previously was now made discernible by the hearing of its musical interpretation.

Is it possible that this is not a coincidence but a discovery, that when we cry out to God, it produces a song in our tears so that God can hear the unique structure of our pain which could not be seen, communicated, or expressed in any other way?

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our infirmities: For we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. ~ Romans 8:26

Anne Murchison quotes:

"Many Hebrew words for grieving, weeping and lamentation actually mean “to distill”, which means to “separate and change from one substance to another” (3)

Could the protein in our tears be converted and distilled (lifted up to God) and changed (purified) to a language that God can feel and comprehend.

Many times we know that no one on the planet could possibly understand our unique situation or pain nor care for us in a way that needed, but we can always know that God does completely understand and care in the most helpful ways.

My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God ~ Job 16:20

Another thing I would like to note from Psalm 18 is when It says,

"He HEARD my voice...and my cry came before Him even to His EARS"



The Hebrew word for hear is Shema. It is made up of three Hebrew letters Shin, Mem, and Ayin. The pictograph concepts of these letters is telling in reference to tears as it relates to God. The first letter shem is a picture of teeth which represents the idea of chewing or consuming. The second letter is a mem and images for us water. The final letter ayin is the picture of an eye. If we put all the concepts together...hearing can illustrate from God's perspective that He consumes the water from our eyes as in He comprehends our tears.


You make an account my wanderings; Put my tears into your bottle; Are they not in Your book? ~ Psalm 56:8

In other words he hears and sees every one of our tears they are all accounted for. Not one of them has gone unnoticed. He understands and comprehends the unique structure of our pain, as interpreted through the song in our tears.

In western thought, to hear can be a solely intellectual and passive event. Not so with Hebrew. Ancient Eastern thought places a strong emphasis on action. In this respect hearing is more than someone passively listening. When God hears he acts. Daniel prays with this understanding.

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! ~ Daniel 9:19


An Old Testament illustration

I Samuel Chapter one gives us an excellent illustration of the petition of tears. Hannah the wife of Elkanah was desperately wanting a child. She lived in a time and place that considered childlessness a curse and a shame. It was a woman's greatest pride and joy to produce heirs to her husbands name. Hannah faced another humiliation from Elkanah's other wife, Penninah, who produced children to him and ridiculed Hannah because of it.

therefore she wept and did not eat. ~ I Samuel 1:7

Hannah in her humiliation and desperation, went to the tabernacle which was in Shiloh at the time to make a petition to God in her misery.

she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish ~ I Samuel 1:10

What she prayed was recorded but how she prayed is very interesting.

Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard ~ I Samuel 1:13

The story ends beautifully with the answered prayer of a son whom she named Samuel, whose name means "God has heard" God heard and interpreted her hearts cry through her tears.

Another revelation pertaining to the song in your tears is that of intercession. There are times when our heart is hurting for the pain of another. Is it possible that God may use our tears as a form of intercession. Maybe our tears are a prayer in and of themselves.

Oh, that one might plead for a man with God... ~ Job 16:21

Structure of a Lysosome
Structure of a Lysosome | Source

Tears Fight Bacteria

How interesting that the chemical structure of tears actually fights bacteria.

When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me ~ Psalm 68:9

They contain what are called lysosomes which are enzymes that break down organic matter and digest it much like a clean up crew imaging for us the cleansing property both physically and emotionally of tears.

The Bible confirms that there is healing in our tears.

O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. ~ Psalm 30:2

when we cry out to the Lord, the Bible tells us that there is not only healing but deliverance from our distresses as well?

they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses ~ Psalm 107:6

In Exodus we also see how God not only heals and delivers us from distress when we cry out to Him but rescues us from our oppressors.

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them ~ Exodus 3:7-8

What's the use of crying? Well now you know. Crying is a useful, healing, helpful conduit of prayer if we will lift up our tears to the only one who can do anything to truly help us.

"Cry out to Jesus" ~ Third Day




© 2010 Tamarajo

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

I am so thankful we have a God who hears, understands, and has mercy on us:) He can wipe away our tears!

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Tarmarojo, for a very enlightening,and awesome hub,Thank you so much for sharing. Godspeed

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I am grateful for His mercy as well and I remember this every time I cry. Thank you both for your kind comments

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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

That's really interesting. Matches up well with your verse. God is so expansive. I wouldn't be surprised if he did something like put a hidden message in our tears. Very cool.

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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I never realizes through our tears he hears our song. I know now that God has heard me, from every tear I have shed for my mother. Thank you for writing so eloquently. :)

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jparedes 6 years ago from Makakilo, Hawaii

Very interesting hub! Thanks for the insight!

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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

This is very interesting. Hebrew word pictures!

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Awesome! Nothing cleanses the soul like tears. Tears of repentence, tears of joy, they are precious in the eyes of the Lord. Emotion is a valuable gift. It is part of the image of God that we are made in. If we would embrace it, it will open up how much we care to a whole new level. Love it! Voted up and awesome!

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for the comments and yes tears are cleansing especially knowing He sees and knows it all.

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exjwlaurie 6 years ago

I'm so glad to have found your hubs! This is just beautiful, and you used one of my favorite Psalms:

Psalm 56:8, "You make an account my wanderings; Put my tears into your bottle; Are they not in Your book?"

Such an awesome and loving God we worship!

Beautifully done Sister! =)

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

He hears our tears ~ wow! Once again, your ministry is such an outpouring of His blessing. Thank you!

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

thank you exjwlaurie and Judah's daughter. All glory to God. I think I like your title better "He hears our tears"

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

So much to think about! I appreciate your wisdom and the ability to bring it down to my level.

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

God's wisdom is always spectacular. I am so grateful He lets me peak at some of it. Thank you for reading and hope it is useful.

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sharon e dix 6 years ago

Greetings, Your words are like music to the Lord and to others, your knowledge base comes from digging into the word , may we all take your example to become students of the word,thank you for stirring up the good gift of God in others and in me. Thank you with tears of joy. Sharon e Dix

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Sharon. Nothing better than mining treasures from the Word!

Happy you were blessed by the message

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I do cry out to the Lord in prayer and in tears and in song. Then He comforts me. What a friend I have in Jesus.

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thanks for stopping by James. That's what I love about God. The tears carry a song He comprehends. We don't have to say a word. He knows it all...yes yes what a friend we have in Jesus.

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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Yes my dear.

Tears are a language that God understands.

There's a song to it also.

May God bless you Tamarajo

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi lady JoJo. I love it when science confirms a biblical truth. You are so correct that it is a language He understands.

Blessed by your visit and comment

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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Your welcome sweedie :)

Scientist and me aint much friends they disbelieve too much especially God's word and nature they have so many crap in place of the right things

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I hear you Lady JoJo. The facts they find are sometimes fascinating because they point more towards the truth then the crazy conclusions they come up with. The science isn't so bad. Its the interpretations that can get pretty wacky.

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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

I cry in tears when I deeply worship God. I cry in tears everytime God touches me. Praise God for the tears they bring comfort and relief in times of agony. Thank you for sharing this though-provoking hub. Great insight to ponder on. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you cristina, yes our tears are a release and a prayer. I think of how many times the Psalmist says that He cries out to God in whatever circumstance he is in for he knows that God hears and sees him and understands.

Bless you Cristina for stopping by and commenting.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I knew about the 'different tears makeup' but never heard its explanation the way you gave...a beautiful concept. Thank you.

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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Frogyfish. It was the National Geographic article that led to this revelation that crying is a prayer in and of itself. There are those times and experiences when it seems as if we can't even speak and now we can know it is ok as we direct that cry to God. He hears every word of it.

Thank you for your interest in the topic and blessed by your visit and comment

Hannah 3 years ago

This is a great article. Do you have a copy of the original article - the anne Murchison? the link - http://www.annemurchison.com/brokenness.htm - doesn't work.

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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Hannah apologies for the late reply. You are correct her website annemurchison.com no longer exists. I did find a blog post with her writing in it and it is not in quotations and does not list the author. It is possible it is hers. I will have to do do some further investigating. Thank you for the heads up on the non working link.

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