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Every Single Tear

Again I am speechless about what to write here because of the hurt I know that people are going through in this world.  I found out this morning that a friend whom I hadn't seen in years passed away suddenly over the weekend from a pulmonary embolism.  She was 43 and left behind two teenage children and a husband who loved her very much.   To her family and loved ones and to others out there suffering from whatever circumstance, all I can say is that I am so sorry for your pain, and that whether or not you understand why, our compassionate God is crying with you as He sees every single tear fall from your eyes. 

Every Single Tear
by Scott Krippayne & Steve Siler

You feel insignificant -
A whisper in the wind.
Sometimes you think nobody knows your name.
But there's somebody watching over you,
And He knows everything you're going through.

He sees every single tear,
He feels everything your're feeling,
He wants to hold you close and dry your eyes.
Oh, your heart is what He hears
When the world just hears you crying.
No matter what the pain, He cares
About every single tear.

Overwhelmed by circumstances
Out of your control,
Hope can be the hardest thing to find.
When you're like a heart without a home,
You don't have to face this hurt alone.

He sees every single tear,
He feels everything your're feeling,
He wants to hold you close and dry your eyes.
Oh, your heart is what He hears
When the world just hears you crying.
No matter what the pain, He cares
About every single tear.

If God adorns the lilies of the field
And cares for every sparrow in the sky,
How much more is He aware of your sorrow and despair?
How much does He care about your life?

He sees every single tear,
He feels everything your're feeling,
He wants to hold you close and dry your eyes.
Oh, your heart is what He hears
When the world just hears you crying.
No matter what the pain, He cares
About every single tear.


From Victory to Defeat

Isn't it amazing how we can have a huge victory one day and the next day disaster strikes?  What is different at these times from one day to the next?  While sometimes, the difference between a victorious day and a defeated day is nothing more than circumstances out of our control, other times the answer lies in our actions.  This truth can be seen between Joshua 6 and 7. 

I left off the other day with Joshua leading the nation of Israel to victory over the powerful city of Jericho  (Joshua 6).  This was their first conquest after crossing the river Jordan into the land that God had promised them.  At last, they were in the promised land.  However, in the next chapter we see that Israel lost their nerve and ran from Ai.  Joshua even got upset with God because of the defeat and started blaming God for what happened.  So, what really happened here? 

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things, so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.

Can you see what happened?  Someone, specifically Achan, disobeyed God and took some spoil from the city of Jericho, when God specifically forbade it.  (Joshua 6:18).  One man's disobedience reaked havoc on the whole nation because God got a little bit irritated!!  Look at God's response to Joshua's cries:

10 So the Lord said to Joshua: "Get up!  why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them.  For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.  12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction.  Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. (Joshua 7:10-12 NKJV)

Can you see what happened?  God's presence wasn't with Israel because of their disobedience.  Clearly stated.  I don't know about you, but this little passage speaks volumes to me.  I wonder what things I have in my life that God doesn't want there.  I wonder what "accursed things" I need to give up in order to ensure that God is with me in all that I do.  Do you wonder the same things?

Again I pray for God to search my heart and show me those places I need to change.  I want to do all that God has for me to do and be all for Him that He will make me to be.


Challenge:  Pray this passage to God and ask Him to reveal to you areas that you need to change in order to inherit your promised land:  "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24)


Unite My Heart

Psalm 86:11-13 (NKJV)

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. 12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. 13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Somehow in my daily quiet time yesterday morning, I stumbled across the above Psalm.  I can't seem to get this prayer of David's out of my mind, so I'm going to put it into yours, dear readers! :)  Read it slowly again and take in all that David is saying...all that God is saying to you.

To me this passage states the key reasons that we should spend quality time with God in prayer and bible study each day.  Here's why:

God deserves our time

God deserves our fellowship with Him through our devoted prayer and bible reading time because He has delivered our souls out of the sheer goodness of His heart through His mercy.  As David says in verse 13 of the Psalm:

13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

According to my bible dictionary, in Hebrew thought, Sheol was regarded as the abode of the dead, deep inside the earth.  David was very thankful in God's deliverance of himself from there.   God has delivered us Christians from a similar fate.  Because of His mercy in allowing His son, Jesus, to die for us, we too are delivered from "Sheol".  Not to mention, that once we become Christians, God extends His mercy to us daily as He patiently endures our mistakes and disobedience while molding us to become more like Him.

Our hearts are divided

David prays in this psalm for God to unite his heart so that he would fear God.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

Unite my heart.  How many times do we struggle to do the right things in our lives.  Our thoughts and actions don't always line up with the truth of God's word, do they?  First of all, we must know what God says we should do and think so we can walk in His truth.   This is where the bible knowledge comes in handy.  However, knowledge not applied does no one any good now does it?  We all need our hearts united so that we have only one focus - a devotion to God and to His ways, not ours.  Lord, unite my heart to fear your name.

Our praise is required

God's word working inside us will result in outward praise to God in our words and our actions.  Praise is more than just singing a praise song.  We praise God every time we do what is right in God's eyes.  We can even praise God by doing housework! (that was a note to myself!). 

12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

I truly want to live a life that glorifies and praises God, with all of my heart, mind and soul, but it is not an easy task.  King David had trouble, so why shouldn't I, right?  The answer though, to having that united heart and healthy fear of God lies in my daily quiet time through prayer and bible reading.  Reading to get the info, prayer to apply. 

TODAY'S CHALLENGE (or tomorrow, if today has already passed you by):

What is the purpose of your quiet time with God?   Do you spend enough time praying to ask God to make what you've learned real in your life?  Do you spend enough time to glean a truth from God's word to apply to your day?   Remember that time spent with God is not just another thing to check off of the day's "To Do" list.  It's purpose should be for life change...to make us more like Jesus every single day.