Those who say a man isn’t supposed to cry must not know the shortest verse in the bible…
John 11:35 (NKJV)
35 Jesus wept.
Even though He knew the miracle He was about to perform in bringing Lazarus from the grave, He still cried because of His love for that family.
I was facing uncertainty and circumstances that caused me great pain and anxiety. By no means not as severe, but it did remind me of Jesus the night before He faced the cross…
Matthew 26:38 (NKJV)
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.
I recently reflected on the process of my thoughts one night when I recently cried. It was approximately 10 tears that fell and different reason for each tear.
TEAR DROP 1
Was for the pain and uncertainty in my life on that particular night.
TEAR DROP 2
Was because though I was hurting and concerned, I was battling with the internal conflict of being thankful to God while wanting things to change for the better.
TEAR DROP 3
Fell as I thanked God that things weren’t worse than they were.
TEAR DROP 4
Fell as I thought about the people who were ‘worse off than me’. Those who were praying through the fight of their live because of a terrible disease. Or, those who are being persecuted or placed themselves in harm’s way, discomfort, inconvenience and danger for the cause of Christ.
TEAR DROP 5
Ran down my face as I thought about the pain, embarrassment, and shame my Savior Yeshua, Christ Jesus, endured not only to save me from the penalty of sin and death, but for the very tears I was crying at that moment.
TEAR DROPS 6 & 7
Were tears of thanksgiving as I thanked and praised God as I thanked God for His love for me and prayed for those whose pain is more severe than mine and were enduing greater hardship than me.
TEAR DROPS 8 & 9
Were tears of joy as I praised God and told Him that through my pain, I love Him and trust Him and proclaimed Psalm 118: 1…
Psalm 118:1 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks
to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
TEAR DROP 10
As I was determined to face my uncertain situation with confidence in God.
Then I wiped my face and went back to sleep.
Here are a few of Psalms for the next time your tears wet your pillow…
Psalm 3:1-6 (NKJV)
Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O Lord, are ashield [a]for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.
Psalm 4 (NKJV)
Hear me when I call,
O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
[b]Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has [c]set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
4 Be[d] angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7 You haveput gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8 I will bothlie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 13 (NKJV)
Trust in the Salvation of the Lord13 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.