GOD’S BOTTLE AND BOOK
David comforts himself in his distresses and fears, for he knows God has noticed all his troubles. God has a bottle and a book for His people’s tears, both the tears for their sins and also for their afflictions. “Put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book?” (Psa 56:8, KJV) He observes them with tender concern. “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (vs 11). His grace will ultimately deliver us from trouble, though we suffer now for a while. Heaven will be our home. Being bold when there is a principle worth fighting for is worth the risk even though some will be offended and may not understand. David loved peace but he said, “when I speak, they are for war” (Psa 120:7). He was a man “after God’s own heart,” ready to fight when God’s way and word were challenged. “If a Christian knows to speak and defend truth and fails, “to him it is sin” (Ja 4:17). Christ taught that sins of omission are as real as sins of commission (Mt 23:23). Peter wrote if you suffer for doing well, God will be pleased (I Pet 2:20).