The God of Our Silent Tears
The Black National Anthem titled “Lift Every Voice” has a line in the verse that says “The God of our silent tears.” This statement in this powerful song is filled with testimonies of the African American people who acknowledge the sorrow that their forefathers experienced due to racism and injustice. This statement reminds me that God cares that your eyes are full of tears, even the ones no one knows about. Psalm 56:8 reads, “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? “
I heard many preachers say that God does not care about your tears. It is possible that this philosophy of God not concerned about people’s tears may consist of people who are in sin, disobedience or in error with God. This would make sense that God would not care for the tears of the wicked, ungodly or unfaithful. Nevertheless, when the people of Israel were not faithful they recognized their sin and sought repentance. For the Scripture reads, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Just know that God responds to the cries of His children. In a world that people seem to be more apathetic to other human beings, it is good to know that it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not (Lamentations 3:22).
There is evidence in the Bible where God continued to show up in the lives of the children of Israel when they cried out to Him because of their circumstances. Exodus 2:23-24 reads, “Now it happen in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” Have you ever cried out to the Lord and He heard you and came to your rescue? He did it for me in my difficult and darkest hours. At that moment He may not have pulled me out of the house like a burning building, but like the three Hebrew boys, God stepped in that fire and protected me from harm and danger.
God is an advocate for the poor, broken hearted and those who have experienced misfortune and injustice. The mighty King David spoke of his needs and prayers to God in Psalm 61:1-2 which reads, “Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Our responsibility is to run to the rock and Jesus is that rock. James 5:4 states, “Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Saboath.”
A turn around can occur as you cry unto the Lord. God will take account of the pain measured in each tear and He will calculate the appropriate level of grace and mercy. Psalm 57:2 states, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.” God will operate on your behalf no matter the catastrophe. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Remember, the tears you have does not go unnoticed with God. Plus, let’s diminish the thinking that tears are a sign of weakness. Paul said he rather boast about his weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in him (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It is time to let Jesus sit on the throne of your heart. In today’s world, the mentality is that everyone needs to pull themselves up from their own bootstraps. We all need help and Scripture tells us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank God we do not have to face this world alone and we have a God that numbers the hair on our head (Luke 12:7). He has not forgotten you. You are always on His mind no matter what. Therefore, you are valuable to God and God looks after His children. This is why the psalmist tells us, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). That’s it! It’s morning time. It is time to rise and shine!
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Just like the lyrics in the song, the situation changes for the better.
‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, the lyrics do not stop at ‘God of our silent tears.’ The situation improves and it reads, ‘May we forever stand, true to our God, True to our native land.’ Keep on moving forward with tears in your eyes, and you will see yourself a more than a conqueror on the other side of your situation. Don’t give up and you will see God do the miraculous for you.
© 2018 Raenell Dionne