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)
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
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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